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Alan Pardew ‘I Hope I Still Have Ashley’s Backing’

9 years ago

Eight year contract or no eight year contract, all managers are judged on results.

In the aftermath of the Liverpool match, Alan Pardew has been questioned about his future and was surprisingly candid with his answers.

With no comment from those above him, which is the norm apart from the very odd time when things are looking on the up – as usual it is left to Pardew to answer all the questions regarding Newcastle United, even those to do with his own future.

“It is out of my hands and my job, until told otherwise, is to get this team as it can be for next week and that’s what I will do.”

Asked if he still had the backing of Mike Ashley;

“I hope so, yes.

That’s probably the heaviest defeat I’ve had as a manager and for me there were a lot of things that I saw which I didn’t like.

I’m angry but I have to channel that anger in the right way.

I’ll make sure we put it right and that started straight after the game in that dressing room.”

It just goes to show how misguided it is to use gimmicks like eight year contracts to try and give a superficial appearance of stability.

The only thing that provides stability is by backing the manager to improve the team/squad year on year and last summer Ashley refused to back Pardew with any cash and the result was that Newcastle replaced a few squad players with a few others, none of them good enough to get in the first eleven.


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