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Alan Pardew – Jester At The Court Of King Michael

8 years ago

Alan Pardew has attracted much venom from Newcastle fans but I have to say he cuts a tragic figure, as he tries to cling to some self-respect when trying to convince us all that Mike Ashley has any respect for his manager whatsoever.

Pardew has now been trying to convince us all, that Mike Ashley is really this laidback character who has earned his billions by being a really good understanding listener, rather than the ruthless businessman we’ve all come to love…who parks tanks on lawns etc.

Here is Alan Pardew’s perception of how he sees his cosy chats with the owner;

“Mike doesn’t really say much, he listens and comes back to me, sometimes forty eight hours after, then draws some conclusions from what I have said.

“He then reflects on the budget and everything else to see how he can help me.

“It is important Mike understands some of the problems I have had and we can talk through things I think need to improve.

“It is not like there’s much shouting and hollering, more a case for Mike to listen to the problems I have had.

“Mike’s got a reputation for being aggressive but he is a better listener, that is why he has had such great success.

“He doesn’t really say much. He listens and comes back to me, sometimes 48 hours after, and draws some conclusions from what I’ve said.”

Sadly, I believe his mid-season ridiculous claims more than the rubbish above, you know, the ones where the manager claimed he could have swapped the Swansea winner if he’d been on the touchline, or blaming defeats on an imaginary ten men injury list.

When Pardew says that Ashley listens and doesn’t say much himself, I have a mental picture of him allowing the manager to speak at length, listing all the shortcomings on and off the pitch because of lack of funding and then saying what is needed to fix it, how much it is going to cost etc etc…

Then Mike Ashley saying ‘no’ and getting up, shouting over his shoulder that he’ll see him same time, same place, next year.

It reminds me of days gone by when the rich and powerful employed jesters, whose role was to be wheeled out at their master’s whim and give everybody a laugh.

Alan Pardew, jester to the court of King Michael.


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