Pardew’s Subtle Response To Mike Ashley Outburst

Mike Ashley’s comments of Thursday night – if taken seriously – could mean that Alan Pardew will be fired if Newcastle lose at Stoke on Monday night, but Alan Pardew has brushed those comments off and said he talked to the Newcastle owner earlier this week,  and he’s well aware that Ashley wants wins very soon – and the goal on Monday night is to win at Stoke.

Alan Pardew Villa Park

Alan Pardew – talked with Ashley earlier this week

This is what the Newcastle manager has said today:

“I’ve been made aware of his comments but sometimes things are taken out of context. If it was a sit down interview done in a serious manner I’d be a lot more concerned than I am today that’s for sure.”

“I’ve not seen Mike, but I spoke to him earlier this week. He’s obviously very keen for us to get victories, that’s what he’s about.”

“I’ve been under pressure at this club for a number of weeks now. All I can do is focus on the team and that’s what I’ll do.”

“When you’re doing anything in life you have to be focused on what the goal is. There’s a simple goal for us on Monday night, we want to get a win.”

The good news , and there is some, is that Tim Krul, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse are all expected to recover from the flu bug that kept them out of the trip to Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.

But with Alan seemingly close to the sack, we could see the anonymous group Sack Pardew organize protests against the manager at the Britannia Stadium, in a game that is being shown on TV live around the world.

It would be good to win that game.

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36 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Sep 27, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1


    These comments made by Ashley were designed & calculated, not the ramblings of a drunken buffoon who was dragging his ar*e around old London town.

    1. He has let the inept one know via the media that he is not happy with him management, that he must start winning or he is out.
    2. Regardless of any money or assets stripped out of the club, he lets the fans know he has spent a lot of money on the club.
    3. Every paper and media broadcaster is spouting the news of his conversation with the Independent reporter across the globe, and all are referring to Ashley the owner of SD and Newcastle.

    Points 1 & 2 are designed to appease the fans, knowing the inept one’s time is almost up at the club, and that Ashley will spend money on the club.

    Point 3, well what better way to advertise your company than having it linked to a story that is reaching every corner of the world.

    It’s a great story for him, SD and the gullible of the Newcastle supporters, and maybe it’s his first step in heading off any sort of assault on his SD empire from the Geordie faithful who want to cut the umbilical cord that has Newcastle United linked to SD.

    The only person looking good in this story is Ashley.

    Well that’s my take on it.

  • Moe

    Sep 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #2

    “It would be good to win that game.”

    Ed you mean: it would be good to lose that game 😉

  • Belfast

    Sep 27, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Agree Firebug.

    It’s actually quite clever on Ashleys part

  • Mag52

    Sep 27, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #4


    No. Ed means it would be good to win that game.
    It’s three points we need. Ffs we’re bottom of the table.
    Whoever comes in after Pardew will have too much to do to keep us in the premiership if we fall too far behind the pack. Do you want to see us relegated ?

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #5


    I agree with you, Ashley doesn’t make mistakes. Carefully thought out strategy that makes people think he’s making a mistake but the outcome however is exactly what Ashley wants.

    Keeps many fans off his back by looking like he doesn’t know how to run a club but in reality he’s taking us for a ride.

    I doubt he’s even thinking of sacking Pardew, just making noises for the fans.

  • jimiley

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6

    I fancy us winning the Carling Cup. Citee will play their 4th team. Arise Sir Alan!!! and all supporters beg for forgiveness from the master!!! keep the faith.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Pardew has to stay in the job given a chance until january. And ashley must get him the cb we need. if not it’s unfair on pardew all along. any manager would struggle with ashley and selling key players in crucial times without replacing.


    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #8

    transfer sage 21 on previous agree about marv 100 %. one of his fans posted a report when he was man of match but not the other 6 games . the one before made 1 pass and then disappeared as they got stuffed 4-0 by mediocre lorient. watched him last we v monaco subbed and described by commentator as annonymous. i thought he was worse than that.made 2 good passes but passed badly and got caught in possession a number of times,telegraphed a pass that nearly led to a goal. worse thing is we are sure to see him back at end of season for 1 more year.

  • NUFCJackW

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #9


    Go and shag Pardew already…

  • NUFCJackW

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #10


    Btw, life is unfair.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #11


    Marv is definitely talented, in the same way shola could do some clever turn and launch the ball into the corner or score a cracking volley like he did in that 5-1 mackem stuffing.

    Problem is consistency on both their parts, lack of work rate and go missing in games for 80 mins which you might get away with up top but not in the middle of the park.

    (And before everyone complains, work rate can be clever attacking runs not just running back to own goal)

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Does seem more than a little odd that Ashley makes a massively provocative comment that is immediately all over the press, and then has a lawyer claim it was tongue in cheek, again all over the press, but apparently hasn’t contacted Pards to explain it.

    Mike Ashley, WTF! Again, and again and again …… nauseum.

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 27, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #13

    He’s quite right when he says its unfair to ask Cabella and Rivierre to carry the shirt in the absence of the far more experienced Cisse and De Jong, but it’s apparently Ashley whose had a gutful.

    “Newcastle through the looking glass”…’s just plain weird.

  • beermonkey

    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #14

    just watching foolveverton and the pace of the game makes us look like we play that walking football they advertise on sky for the over 50s

  • Markaccus

    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #15

    We are now at the stage i thought we would be at re Ashley sacking pardew. I said at the start of the season that it would take relegation form before it happened, and that we could be already far enough adrift for a new manager to have a serious fight on his hands. If we lose on monday, and the teams around us win, while not being as far adrift is i once thought, MENTALY we would have a mountain to climb.

    Its a catch 22 situation now. OK a loss may very well see the end of pardew, but on the other hand, we could REALLY do with a win.

  • Markaccus

    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Damn Ashley and Pardew for putting the club in this situation.

  • mag92

    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #17

    He knows he’s another defeat away from the sack and Ashley has verified it.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #18

    @ monkey

    I know what you mean m8.

    So sick of seeing us keep posession and pass it side ways along the back four and then be told by Pardew that he plays good football.

    We are like a poor mans Swansea without the goal threat or defensive quality.

    What happened to having two strikers, flying wingers and 100mph football ? .

    No wonder St.James’ Park is so quiet these days.

  • MidlandsMag

    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Could Ashley be trying to wind Pardew up to the extent that he walks out.

  • jimiley

    Sep 27, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Pardew must be praying for a defeat on Monday so he can get a massive payout when he gets sacked. Why should he put up with all the nasty harrasment from Toon supporters?He is an average manager running a so called big club which sells its best players and replaces them with cheap imports. Which manager is going to be successful with such a policy? Her will go and we will get somebody like Pulis or the like who will also fail. The problem is not the manager. My problem with Pardew is that he has condoned the greed of the fat man upstairs and so I have no sympathy for him. Do not expect the next manager to be any better. The club is F….d.

  • 70TWO

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #21

    IMO if NUFC don’t have 15 points after 15 games (Chelsea, Dec.) then I think there will be strong rumours in the press about a strong managerial candidate. Ashley will definitely want the pressure on Pardew to make him quit and save him money.

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #22

    I see Ashley’s still fooling everybody!

    Ashley’s comments about Pardew being on last legs is just a PR stunt to appease fans and gain exposure for SD, just like everything else he does.

    I’d bet my left nut that Pardew doesn’t get sacked in next few games, Ashley is playing the media and fans like a fiddle.

  • bladeuser

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Lose to stoke and the headline is i told you he would not be sacked this club is a laughing stock from top to bottom most fans want pardew to go along with most of his inept coaching staff when he goes not if ashley will bring in another manager who toes the party line its difficult for a lot of fans wanting us to get beat to rid the club of this baffoon but its the only way that ashley will eventually have to sack him lets just hope its soon and we are not to far adrift at the bottom for the new manager to keep us up

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Raheem sterling is going to be some player like.

    can honestly see Bayern coming for him as a replacement for Robben.

    Would love Aarons to turn out like him.

  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Martinez has just made a Pardew sub; fullback for a fullback when losing. Limited options, limits ones ability to make a positive change.

  • 70TWO

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #26

    This Golden Lion gossip from Ashley is a man having a pint and a laugh with his mate, he is taking the micky out of the journalist for thinking he can get an exclusive and the media for being so keen on seeing a manger get the sack. The man is a gross blunderer not a cold calculating Machiavellian character.

  • beermonkey

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #27


    70 0dd mins in and there still at it pace wise
    toon players would be dead on there knees now

    I have real concern’s about Aarons and Armstrong and the all the crop of youngsters at the club
    they show promise come into the team when he is desperate and then cast aside when things go wrong
    pards bigs them in the press but I don’t see ant nurturing of the talent

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #28

    Part of the problem with our youngsters is Pardew only seems to give them game time when we are desperate and losing at home.

    it can work as Aarons showed, but he is putting too much pressure on them IMO.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #29

    It will be worth loosing to get rid of |Pardew i hate to loose but if this will see the back of the slimy one a big defeat will be palatable & i will be their hopefully at his last game in charge. it will be interesting what happens protest wise when there is no one to take away the flyers, on Saturday 25% of those that were given out made it into the stadium despite the threats of stadium bans and stewards taking them off people sometimes by force, every game this plonker survives makes our premiere survival that much more difficult a big defeat could spell the end with plenty of time for a new manager to turn things around. those wanting to give him more time are just nut bags he’s had 4 years and 2014 has been a rite off as far as results, we need shot of him as quick as we can Tuesday morning would be ideal.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #30

    WOW ! 🙂 .

  • beermonkey

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #31


    that’s it he just chucks them on when were is the sh1t or for 2mins there is no game plan with making sure they get game time
    then regardless of whether they have done well there dropped when he has his fave player back

    the man cant use a squad, last season there was comments made about Ashley not being happy with players not playing and the wages we were paying
    players like benny mbiwa taylor marveax and others we were paying out over 15mill a year in bech warmers and for what ever reason non squad players I tend to with that as a point

    but there is no reason why those players shouldn’t be playing
    depending on who is injured we know who our starting 11 will be on Monday night regardless of who played well on wed night

    although if it is his final chance he might go for it we will know when we see the team sheet

  • Belfast

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #32

    What a goal like, especially from a center half

  • Sliema

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #33

    I’m sick of Gerrard. Can’t wait until he retires.

  • beermonkey

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #34


    he is one of the best divers in the prem

  • Slank

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Did anyone else see Sky Soccer Saturday and what Phil Thompson said ?

    He had checked (how I don’t know) the contracts that Pardew and the coaches have and if they get sacked they will receive as compensation the full amount of their contracts. The way I interpreted that was seven years salary.

    When Jeff Stelling then asked Phil Thompson what does that mean. Phil Thompson said that they won’t be sacked.

  • Sav

    Sep 27, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Clearly Ashley is a shrewd businessman. Equally clearly he is capable of some truly crass mistakes (we’ve been witness to several of them). He isn’t some evil genius mastermind and he hasn’t devised this, off the cuff in some London pub when interrupted in his drinking by a hack. He is very capable of running off at the mouth to impress his coterie. That is all this is, and very bad for the image of NUFC.


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