Three Reasons Ashley Doesn’t Want To Sack Pardew

Maybe the reason Mike Ashley is not too keen to replace Alan Pardew at Newcastle at the moment,  is that he is finding it difficult to line up a replacement – if that’s true that would be very worrying but probable nonetheless.

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Mike Ashley – yes – we got a point at home to Hull

Here are three possible reasons Mike Ashley seems none too keen to replace Alan Pardew anytime soon:

  1. Mike likes Alan Pardew, which is fairly obvious since there have been two other times he could have been fired – the first time was in January 2013 when we lost 10 of 13 league games.
    Last season we lost seven of our last eight league games but he still survived. Alan is almost the perfect manager for Ashley because he’s willing to work in the very strict financial conditions that Ashley places on the club – and he doesn’t complain – at least not in public – when Ashley sells out best players half way through the season. Where would he find another manager like Alan Pardew?
  2. Ashley realized that the job wasn’t done in the summer transfer market to replace experienced Premier League players like Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy.
    So the blame is shared between the manager not getting the best out of the players he has available, and Ashley and Lee Charnley failing to bring in good experienced players over the summer, to replace those who left. IN sort – Ashley feels guilty.
  3. Ashley is having trouble lining up a replacement for Alan Pardew, It’s no secret now the way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle on a shoestring doesn’t  exactly mean that Newcastle will be successful anytime soon.
    Ashley’s ambitions for Newcastle are simply to keep us in the Premier League and in the upper half of the table if possible – so we are not fighting relegation.
    We will then continue to get the big money from the PL and Mike gets all that free publicity at St, James Park for his Sports Direct business.
    But Ashley also has no ambitions to make Newcastle a top six side for instance, and any ambitious manager may realize they will be (very) frustrated if they do accept the Newcastle job.

The final reason is the one that worries us the most, because it’s no secret now that the way Mike Ashley runs the club means Newcastle will never be successful at anything- who wants to manage a club like that?

We devalue the cups so we field weakened sides and don’t progress too far, and we just don’t have the players to ever challenge for the Premier League title – it’s absurd to even think about it.

That’s the truth.

Would you want to come to Newcastle under those circumstances?

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58 comments so far

  • Ethiotoon

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Let’s stay in relegation zone until Christmas so that
    he ‘ll bring Lyon golden boys :
    Lacazatte and Grenier…. then we start flying!!

  • mecannylad

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    We’ve all heard the expression, ‘taking one for the team’ …. not that many of our current team are sufficiently committed to do that anyway!
    However, I ask myself how long will it be before a foot soldier (or two) from the Toon Army ‘takes one’ – or rather ‘gives one’ – for us frustrated supporters?
    I am not inciting downright touchline criminality here but the historical demeanour of wide -boy Pardew in his technical area does show which language he really prefers to converse in.
    The frustration is driving me stir-crazy…… I’ve calmed down now …. but you can see where it is all heading.

  • mugpie301078

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Ashley will find a deluded manager, just like Pardew, who will think they can somehow overcome the restrictions placed upon on him, in actual fact its probably all part of Ashley’s spiel. ‘Blah, blah, break into top 8 and you will get a bonus, show is you can do it etc…

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    We literally would have been better off had we kept Strolla.

    A forward line of Cabella, Shola and Rivierre, would have surely provided greater outlets for our beleaguered but capable midfield.

    Shola was certainly a genuine target, could hold the ball up, win header, unsettle defenders and lead the line. In fact he is excellent apart from the lack of goals, which admittedly is impossible to overlook, but the other two could have played their more natural games.

    Obviously not great, but certainly you’d think better than anything we’ve seen so far.


  • thejokethatisnufc

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    /why would anyone come to NUFC simple £££

  • martoon

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Sometimes I think people’s blind hatred of Pardew gets in the way of everything else. Yes he says irritating things but he is contractually obliged to give media interviews. In the interview with BBC Newcastle I actually thought he was asked some searching questions by Mick Lowes (for once) – it would be pretty boring if he answered no comment to them all as was previously suggested.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    and now WONGA write off £220 million in debts they can’t retrieve from customers who they shouldn’t have lent to can’t pay them back !

    Well thats our sponsorship faked up as well – just goes from worse to even worse !

    Should be renamed LOSSGA – not fit to be on the shirt.

    Come back VIRGIN Money – at least they’re on the way up !

  • Graeme

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Lochinvar – If wonga pull out of their deal with NUFC, how long before we have the FCB brand plastered across the front of our shirts??

    I refused to buy one with wonga on it, I use my “Brown Ale” shirt. The thought of having SD across the shirt is an even worse concept than the loan shark.

  • stingray

    Oct 2, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Losing Tiote would be no bad thing.
    Yes he wins the ball, but does nothing with it. That’s a luxury you can’t afford in the Prem league. He only does short sideways, or backwards passes.
    110 appearances. 1 goal and just 5 assists.
    Now that wouldn’t be too bad,if partnered with an attacking foil. Think Roy Keane with Paul Scholes. But Pardew’s biggest failing is that he plays other defensive minded players around him, including Colback. And he’s got Goofy and Sissy also dropping back to pick the ball up and play holding roles. A midfield made up of 4 players told to defend and never get caught beyond the ball.
    Doesn’t matter if we had the worlds best striker at the mo, they would have no decent ball.
    Our biggest shortfall (apart from MA and AP of course) is a driving forward midfielder. Look at what makes the top teams tick…Gerard, Toure, Fabregas, Ramsey…heck even Lampard! And why ManU struggle…they don’t have a controlling, driving midfielder.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Mark, you must have miss read.

    Regardless of what the imbecile thinks of himself, he is indeed dragging us down and is he happy to do so by continuing to manage us. That is happening right now and he won’t leave. He can say whatever he wants about himself, but he is a proven delusional man and a serial liar.

    He’s banging on about his contract, but that indicates that, say, we could be relegated the next 2 seasons in a row and he’ll wait it out as he has a contract and salary.

    No matter how badly we are doing, he will disregard what is ‘good’ for the team and stay put.

    That is what is a disgrace. He outstayed his welcome after his first hour in charge.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #11


  • cyprus

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Not sure he runs the club on a shoestring…

    For now we must concentrate on getting a new manager, Ed. Ownership can wait. It’s like trying to get rid of Watson at IBM, or Jobs at Apple. Think about it 🙂

    Is it that hard to get in one of those good yet unemployed managers at a club like NUFC? Somehow I doubt it. I’d go for Pullis, as this side looks as lost as Crystal Palace did last year, before that guy took them to 11th (or something).

  • mag92

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13

    He now wants a centre half, someone should tell the cockney halfwit he has two decent ones out on loan!

  • cyprus

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Before you jump, I know Pullis doesn’t play the football NUFC fans expect (I certainly do), but the way we play now there’s only one way we’re heading…

  • runheed

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #15

    Boring boring boring. This is awful. We need to find a way out. It’s a market economy. You either buy or don’t buy the product … You go along or don’t. If you have enough disposable income that you can waste it on this sort of a luxury you are totally pathetic

  • mag92

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Pulis is the same type of lower league football manager as the clown in the job now, if Newcastle want to improve they need to start recruiting a top class manager.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Surely we are 2 players down because MYM and HBA told pardew a few home truths, ie that he was the worst coach they’d ever played under, that he couldn’t stomach.

    Personality clashes have dogged AP wherever he’s gone and if we’re now short of a CB and a forward, who is directly responsible there? Yes our old narcissistic nemesis AP. Totally self-inflicted.

    Who are the mysterious CB and CF – Tomkins and Bent ? They would be if AP could thank himself again for signing them.

    ”I’m going to continue to try and lead the team to the best of my ability.”

    Your ability is lower than a snake’s belly Alan.
    Get the —- out.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #18


    AP’s worst lie to date is that ”he’s never known anything like this before”, from the guy who almost relegated us, WHU and did relegate Charlton. Maybe he genuinely tells himself those things didn’t happen.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #19

    Sh*t Owner
    Sh*t Manager
    Sh*t Coaching Staff
    Sh*t Football
    Sh*t Sponsor
    Bottom Of The League

    Never have I been more ashamed to be an NUFC fan .

  • jayphoto

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #20

    Wouldn’t want Pulis purely because i have a few contacts at Stoke and have heard some horror stories! His personality would only go to clash with 1) the players we have and 2) the owner which would only serve to cause more disruption and make us look more of a laughing stock!

    The reason we need a european coach is that MAsh runs us like a european side! Most french, dutch and portuguese teams regularly sell their best players and managers there have no say in who stays goes or comes in! Fair play this is hard for English managers to grasp but a manager like De boer (and koeman as seen at southampton) is used to losing his best players and replacing on a shoestring or with youth from within!

  • stuart no9

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #21

    ED—– OK, If thats the reasons why ashley wont sack him, then there is only one thing that can happen – Pardew must resign. We know he has 6 years left and will lose his compensation, however , what is more important to pardew ? 6 years pay off or his health. Pardew knows he is not wanted here, he knows he is dragging the team down, he knows we are as a club going nowhere, he gets abuse threw at him every week , if he cant do the decent thing and resign- then i am afraid – if he is not bothered about his health, then why should we??? he has the opportunity to get out , he is refusing to take it. obviously no one likes to see anyone taken ill, even when kinnear took ill , we were wishing him well- pardew however , would not have my sympathy i am afraid. Ashley wont sack him – he wont leave , then something has got to happen, maybe illnes is the ONLY way this very sad, crazy ,unique situation will get resolved. i hope not.

  • mag92

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #22

    The cockney halfwit must think we don’t get any news about the plight he’s left other clubs in that he’s managed. Every where he’s been hes been sacked and left a toxic atmosphere amongst the supporters and players.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Rotonda, I nearly exploded the other night when I saw him say that(!)

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #24

    Jayphoto @ 19

    I have been saying this for more years than I care to remember

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #25

    Replacements for Remy(now CHELSEA player) and Debuchy(now ARSENALplayer)?I’m not sure.Diego Costa maybe.Or Kun Aguero.And right back position is even harder for replacement.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #26

    Graeme @7
    Wonga or heaven help us SD
    So right – I hadn’t thought that one through..
    Better the devil you know that the devil you don’t want to know !

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #27


    just like FDB at Ajax

    and he will not spend more than 5 million on a player

    some people think that you HAVE spend fortunes to be in the top half,, it not so, spend wisely and get the right coaches ,

    I think we have nearly everything at the club to be top 8, just the full coaching is shocking, beyond bad,

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #28

    Jay, I totally agree.

  • mindshaft

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #29

    Pardew is delusional enough to think that he’s actually doing a decent job and bar a couple of goals we would be in top 8, sorry I meant 10th (obviously we are not allowed to think beyond 10th).
    Ashley is xenophobic and will always stick with an english manager, no johnny foreigners in charge on his watch…

    Lee Ryder on twitter reckons they are dropping in a crisis management team to help Pards out …wtf!!!

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #30

    Ashley should just buy Porto.

    They are in the Champions League every year and he would make a fortune selling on their star players .

    Everyone In the UK knows about Sports Direct now so what else does he have to achieve as NUFC owner ? . If he wants to go global he should go somewhere else .

    Yes the Premier League is a big draw worldwide but more so if you are one of the top teams, not relegation fodder like we have been the last two years .

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #31

    I forgot the third replacement for Loic Remy:Thierry Henry 10 years younger.
    We all must forget replacements.There is no replacements for these players.We are simply at a lower grade now after their leavin’ BUT still we have quality squad.Mistake is done but we must move on wisely.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #32

    This team is our strongest team with Ashley or not Ashley,Pardew or not Pardew.
    Anita——-Steven Taylor–Coloccini-Haidara—
    ——————Tiote or Sissoko————–
    Obertan———————Colback or Aarons-
    ————-Demba Cisse———————-

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #33

    the official reason for him losing his job at Southampton, low moral around the squad,

    we have that and low moral in the stands, 85% think we will loose the game on Saturday 1800 votes

    8%think we will win, are these guys for real, more like hope we will win

    in total, 92% know we will not win

    how sad a figure is that,

    april 2014 vs Swansea poll 62% think we will lose

    dec 2013 12% think we will lose

    Mar 2013 12% think we will lose

    wow the tide has turned

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #34

    catchy in norway // Oct 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    the official reason for him losing his job at Southampton, low moral around the squad,

    we have that and low moral in the stands, 85% think we will loose the game on Saturday 1800 votes

    8%think we will win, are these guys for real, more like hope we will win

    in total, 92% know we will not win

    how sad a figure is that,

    april 2014 vs Swansea poll 62% think we will lose

  • Graeme

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #35

    BPC @ 29

    He has gone Global – he advertises all over the world, courtesy of his advertising at SJP being broadcast twice a week on the BBC -who else gets to advertise on the BBC? Its banned by their Charter!!

    Then you have ITV broadcasting on their shows and last, but by no means least, Sky broadcast their football programmes world wide, repeatedly.

    If MA had to pay for this exposure, world wide, it would likely cost him tens of millions of pounds a year – by using NUFC as the vehicle, it doesnt cost him a penny – as long as we stay in the Premier League. This would seem to be MA’s sole reason for keeping NUFC.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #36
  • catchy in norway

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #37
  • catchy in norway

    Oct 2, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #38
  • mindshaft

    Oct 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #39

    well at least in championship we can dream of a playoff place for half a season

  • mecannylad

    Oct 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #40

    So Mr Pardew – The King – has a new right hand man …… aptly named The Bishop.
    This is an extract from The Bishop’s own website….. another one full of himself.
    ……….’My address book has been compared with a particularly hefty volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica and it’s the envy of most others in the profession. I count as my friends and clients everyone from archaeologists to zoologists with just about every possible profession inbetween, while I inspire a fierce loyalty, admiration and affection, even in such a cut-throat and instantly changeable industry as ours.’

    …. I personally drive every campaign undertaken by Keith Bishop Associates and it’s this intimate degree of commitment, coupled with the enthusiasm, morale, contacts and abilities of the personnel at my company that gets stunning results every time and which sets us apart from our competitors. ‘

    Bugger me ??!!


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