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Helicopter For Ashley But No Taxi For Pardew

9 years ago

At his final pre-match press conference of the season, Alan Pardew faced a completely different situation compared to the one if Newcastle had still needed points to stay up.

Mike Ashley also took the opportunity to fly in on his helicopter with Derek Llambias to meet manager and players.

Alan Pardew had this to say;

“Are you saying to me, ‘do I expect to be manager’? Then yes, 100 per cent.

Mike just comes in and has a chat, says hello to everybody and thanked all the players for their efforts. We know it hasn’t been our greatest season but you can’t say we haven’t given 100 per cent.

We have got to have a better scenario next season and we all have to pull together, I think that was basically his message.”

I happened to be up at the training ground yesterday, interviewing Steve Harper for the summer special issue of our magazine.

I didn’t actually see Mike Ashley though I did hear his helicopter, so obviously I’m not privy to what was said between manager and owner.

However, following his meeting with Ashley and Llambias, Alan Pardew did come over to say hello/shake hands when he saw me chatting with our departing goalkeeper.

What I can say is that he looked the picture of health compared to the increasingly stressed look he has carried in the weeks leading up to our eventual safety last Sunday.

It might not be scientific but certainly on the basis of his upbeat manner and healthy glow that I saw, my money would certainly be on Alan Pardew still being Newcastle United’s manager when we kick-off again in August.

If that is the case then I certainly hope and expect that Pardew and Ashley’s chats, both yesterday and in the coming weeks, will have the outcome of the owner giving his backing to the new signings that desperately need to be made this summer and we see no repeat of this disastrous season which was set in motion by the transfer inactivity last summer.

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