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Pardew Speaks Out At Last About Ashley

8 years ago

I think today we have seen a bit of a line crossed by Alan Pardew.

Ever since his surprise appointment, Pardew has always towed the party line but in recent weeks he hasn’t really looked his usual composed self and today has strongly hinted that he isn’t prepared to continue the unorthodox way that Newcastle United is managed.

This is what the manager had to say on Radio Newcastle;

“As soon as I know that we are in this division then that is what I want to do (speak) with Mike (Ashley). He will be able to tell me where he is coming from and then we can clear the air as to how we want to take it forward.

He might turn around and say ‘Sorry Pards and see you later, thanks very much’. He might do that if don’t stay up, he could do it if we make it. Unfortunately for me I would have to accept that decision.”

Alan Pardew’s job description has appeared to entail far more than a normal manager’s and as well as team affairs he has had to be almost the sole spokesman for the club. As well as that role, Pardew has also taken on the job of piggy in the middle between the fans and Mike Ashley, defending the owner and being proactive in his praise for him against all common sense.

Even last summer when the manager made clear he needed a number of players to take the team forward and no money was made available, Pardew still tried to make it into a positive and cover for Ashley, despite the massive slap in the face after getting Newcastle to fifth against all odds.

There has been some implied criticism of the owner by Pardew but it has always been in a roundabout route, whereas now talk of ‘clear the air’ suggests that there will be changes in one way or the other in the summer.

I can’t see how any credible manager would be willing to do the all consuming job Alan Pardew has done, so it will make for an interesting decision when Mike Ashley considers his summer options.

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