The Truth About Mike Ashley’s Comments


Mike Ashley has been quoted in the Independent as telling a reporter on Thursday night outside The Golden Lion pub in London’s Soho district, where he was having a drink with a friend, that if Newcastle lose the game against Stoke City on Monday night then Alan Pardew will be fired as manager.

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Mike Ashley at Southampton – doesn’t look a happy man

That’s in stark contrast to the message that was put out following Newcastle’s 2-2 draw with Hull City last Saturday that patience was key, and Pardew would be given time as the manager to turn things around,  and that his job was under no immediate threat.

That news was reported on Sunday and it’s thought the message was leaked on behalf of the owner himself.

However, Mike outburst in Soho on Thursday night is probably closer to the truth, and Alan Pardew only has two games at the most to start getting wins – draws are really not going to do it.

A defeat on Monday night may not bring to an end Alan Pardew’s tenure at Newcastle, but it seems to us he has to win one of the next two games.

If we lose both games that would be curtains for Alan, but there has now been so much confusion caused by Mike’s unsolicited statement to the Independent reporter, there’s a good chance that Newcastle will issue a statement today and at least attempt to clarify things.

Maybe the better way to put that is to clean things up, after Ashley’s statements outside the pub.

Whether the Independent will be the sixth paper banned by Mike Ashley in the last year – well your guess is as good as mine on that one.

But this will hardly help Alan Pardew and the players prepare for the game on Monday night at Stoke, and it’s another unwanted distraction.

It will be interesting to see if Alan Pardew holds his press conference today, and we wonder what the first question will be?

Mike did not hold his usual press conference before the game at Crystal Place on Wednesday night.

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6 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 27, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Pardew is staying whether you guys like it or not.

    And i feel pardew needs to be given chance and be patient. he has done a good job in the last 2 games. managed the team better than Moyes did at Manu where it was just a free fall. Pardew atleast is getting the team back on track.

    he has the potential to be a very very good manager.

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  • expatmag

    Sep 27, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Ilovetoon

    Have you been drinking in the same pub as Ashley?

    F@#$ me!!!!!! Look at his record.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 27, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #3

    dont act the daft lad ilovetoon

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  • MidlandsMag

    Sep 27, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #4

    iovetoon @ 1

    If he really had potential, it would be evident by now. He is not a new manager.

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  • banjax

    Sep 27, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Mark Hughes’s Stoke are no push overs. I only wish we had gone for him instead of Pardew. If we do get beat then surely M A will sack him because lord knows he has had plenty of time to stop the rot at Newcastle. For a man who has excellent business acumen, Mike Ashley seems to have blind spot when it comes to Newcastle.

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  • Ericles

    Sep 27, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Ilovetoon you are talking complete and utter nonsense!

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