'The Name Is Pardew...'

Being the complete footballing saddo I a m, I always sit down and watch sky sports on a Saturday morning to catch up with team selections for my fantasy football team, while at the same time listen to all the pre-match managerial interviews for the weekend…happy days!

As soon as I switched on the tele this morning they’re talking with Harry and Pards,the timing couldn’t have been better cos we’re shooting out early today for a wedding.

Harry starts by saying the toon are in no danger this year even though QPR will beat us today (typical tongue in cheek Redknapp) but the real surprise came when Pardew says, “We’re in good form right now so very confident we’ll get a result today!”

Unfortunately, for me I was mid-sip of a monster cup of tea mixed in with a slice of hangover toast as he said that, the cat is now suffering third degree burns and has spent the last hour licking all the bits of toast out of its fur.

I went back in the kitchen, got another cup of tea, put some more toast in the toaster and then sat down again and turned on the computer to look at the Newcastle united blogs I like to read.

The cat’s now decided to sit outside in the rain cos it’s a lot safer than sitting within ten yards of me with tea and toast on the go, staring at me loud and proud was a huge headline…

NEWCASTLE BOSS PARDEW SETS SEVEN POINT FESTIVE TARGET!!!

I opened it up and couldn’t believe me eyes. Pardew goes on to say…

“But I have four Premier League games and a FA Cup tie to get through without them. We need one, maybe two wins, which would be six or seven points out of that. This is what we need to aim for.”

Happy days! 7 points from the next four games and we’ll be right back up there challenging for Europe again. All we have to do is beat QPR today, then beat either Arsenal or Man U away or beat those relegation pushovers Everton at home and then get a draw from one of the rest…easy peasy when you look at it look like that!

At least Man U, Everton and Arsenal fans will be laughing

How many points do you think we’ll get from those 4 games?

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10 comments
1957
1957

It's not unusual for confidentiality clauses to be inserted into commercial contacts in relation to the financial side of the deal. It is less common to have what amounts to a gagging order inserted mainly due to the difficulty in specifying what can and can't be said, which makes enforcement through the courts difficult. In this case if such a clause exists does it mean that SJH knew exactly what Ashley was planning but sold to him anyway.

It could be of course that SJH and FS agree with and are envious of Ashley and his business plan, just think how much more money they could have made for themselves if they had thought of it first. The previous regime and Ashley are opposite ends of the spectrum Ashley doesn't even spend the bare minimum needed while Shepherd spent recklessly, high fees and astronomical wages on trophy signings who turned out to be wasters and has beens, simply to placate the support while he and Hall milked the club.

Oh for an owner that can see the middle ground

toon tony
toon tony

Watching Goals on Sunday a few weeks after Pardew left for Palace and he'd won a few games, he was asked about his time at Newcastle. He started to say the team needed investment and it was hard to run a club with financial restrictions, then he suddenly changed mid sentence to the GOVERNMENT needs to make serious financial input to the REGION. I couldn't believe he changed just like that.I was expecting the media /The Mag to pick up on it. !!!

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

Hall and Shepherd were no saints, but at least we had the joy of trying to compete under them while they bled out all the money they could from the club, the money pit to the owner still hasn't changed but now we don't even get the enjoyment of a team trying to win that elusive cup or qualify for Europe. Shepherd in particular doesn't seem short on words whenever he's asked for an interview and wants some time in the spotlight, but I agree he seems to avoid any outright criticism of Ashley beyond the usual "fans deserve a better team blah blah..."

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Well Ashley renamed the Sir John Hall Stand, and it went by the Chronicle without a sound..... nothing was said by anyone....


.... Not a squeak from the man himself....


I'm not complaining though

Kevin Halliday
Kevin Halliday

this might explain a lot. Have lost a lot of respect for SJH as he sold us all down the river (after he gave us the best NUFC team since the fifties, mind), and he screwed over Freddie Shepherd who may never have been the most astute club owner, but at least would roll the dice come what may. Better owner/custodian of the club than the lard-arsed spiv we've ended up with.

Andgeo
Andgeo

100%! Hall has definitely

amacdee
amacdee

It was only after Fatman bought the club and found the "hidden" debt that he banned both Shepherd and Hall from attending SJP in their own private boxes. 

So whether he had the foresight to gag them beforehand is debatable but Hall told us all that Fatman wanted to promote his sports tat brand and wanted to use NUFC as the vehicle. Unfortunately we had no idea how much he'd promote his shops to the detriment of NUFC.

amacdee
amacdee

@Chemical Dave Call it what you will but we all know Fatman failed to dig deep into the finances before he bought the club. The mortgage on the stadium had to be repaid, after changing owners, which was a major surprise to the Fatman. 


Fat Freddie said "When he took over, what he didn't realise was that he had to pay off the [stadium] mortgage – if the Halls lost control, the money had to be repaid immediately. I think he had to pay around £57m. There was a clause in the contract that if the Halls ever lost control, that money had to be repaid straightaway."

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

"Hidden debt" ? It is illegal not to declare loans in a transfer of undertakings....nowt was hidden.

Morpethmag
Morpethmag

Who told your he didn't know about the finances? It's all come from him and his minions, I don't believe that for one minute, he knew everything and bought the clubs as an advertising tool, nothing else,,,