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Pardew Defends Ashley on St.James’ Park Change

10 years ago

Alan Pardew has been talking about the decision by Mike Ashley to change the name from St.James’ Park and how this relates to the financing of the football club.

The manager:

“He does what he feels is right, it’s not a conscious decision to upset the fans. He’s quite bullish, of course and people don’t like change and changing the name of the stadium, it’s about raising revenue. It’s still St James’ Park to the fans and will stay that way.

There are sound economic reasons for the name change. We have to move with that otherwise we won’t be able to keep our players. For me, it’s difficult. I want to represent the fans, that’s what I do as manager and I want to also say to the owner ‘I want the best possible team’ which is what he wants also.

If I can keep the same group of players I wouldn’t worry about raising expectations but will I be able to keep my best team? We are vulnerable to bigger clubs and you can’t get away from that with the salaries they offer. There is the example of Liverpool who signed Andy”.

With access to nobody else at the club this is where things start to go wrong with Alan Pardew trying to answer press questions that, in my opinion, aren’t his to answer.

Just because the fans will still call it St.James’ Park doesn’t make any difference when most of the media keep thrusting S***** D***** A**** in your face every two minutes and walking up to our great stadium you see those cheap and nasty signs hanging off the Gallowgate.

Of course there hasn’t been a single extra penny come into Newcastle United due to changing the name so all it has doen so far has created animosity and deeper divisions at the football club.

Yes we want a successful Newcastle United but we shouldn’t be held to ransom.


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