Alan Pardew has been in charge of Newcastle for three years and ten months now, since he took over from Chris Hughton who was sacked in early December of 2010, after taking the club to promotion from the Championship at the first time of asking.
Alan Pardew – Ashley being supportive – in his own kind of way
There was news yesterday that Mike Ashley had told a reporter on Thursday night in Soho outside a pub, that if Newcastle were beaten at Stoke City on Monday night Alan Pardew would be fired.
During his press conference yesterday for the Stoke City game, Alan Pardew was surprisingly upbeat and calm, and he was asked if he had heard that particular news.
He smiled and noted that he been made aware of the comments, but that he didn’t take them seriously, and said he been under pressure at Newcastle for some time now.
Alan said he had not talked to Ashley about those specific comments, but he had talked to him earlier in the week and he knew the owner wants some wins, and Pardew is well aware of that.
The manager said he was only concentrating on preparing the team for Stoke City and he hoped to win the game – which would be our first league win of the season and would relive pressure on the manager.
This is how Pardew reacted to the news at the press conference:
“I think Mike was trying to be supportive in his own kind of way. They are what they are and unfortunately we have had those sort of headlines for two or three weeks.”
“We are very conscious that we haven’t had the win,” “We have got to try to get the balance right because it’s not a boxing match, we can’t fight our way to a win.”
And the news today is that Newcastle are lining up former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes to replace Pardew, should the Londoner be fired.
Moyes was thought to be the perfect manager for Newcastle under thrifty owner Mike Ashley, since he did so well at Everton for over 10 years with so little money available.
Then came the Red Devils disaster for the 51 year-old Scot, but even now Louis van Gaal is finding it difficult to get Manchester United back to where they were before the great Sir Alex Ferguson retired in the summer of last year.
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