Mike Ashley Gives Journalist Exclusive – If Newcastle Lose At Stoke Pardew Is Gone
Mike Ashley might have banned most of the press up in Newcastle but he himself doesn’t mind giving on the spot interviews in London, after a few lager tops.
On Thursday night, Vivek Chaudhary who is a journalist on the Independent, was on a night out in the capital city.
Spotting far too good a chance to pass up, Chaudhary chanced his luck and introduced himself, saying he was a journalist.
He then posed the following;
“Can I ask you about Alan Pardew’s future?”
To the journalist’s amazement, Mike Ashley started off on a rant and as Chaudhary reached to record it, Ashley said;
“Nah you’re not doing that,”
…but then made no objection when the Independent journalist started writing down what the Newcastle owner was saying.
Then when Ashley had finished speaking, he asked if it would be a alright to quote him on what he’d said, to which the reply was;
“You can do with it what you want.”
This is what Mike Ashley said in response to the question on Alan Pardew;
“He’s got one more game, If we lose against Stoke on Monday night then he’s gone. I have had enough.
“Dead. Finished. Over. One more game, then that’s it.
“What would you do? I have spent a lot of money on that club, it has cost me a lot. I won’t put up with it any more. Honestly, answer me, what would you do? One more loss and he’s gone, he’s over, finished.
“That’s all I’m prepared to say about it and now that I’ve said it, it’s out there. You can do what you want with it. There’s only so much I can take.”
Mike Ashley’s lawyer afterwards gave this statement to the Independent:
“Mr Ashley responded, tongue in cheek, that Mr Pardew had two more games before being sacked. To put this into perspective, over the past few weeks certain reporters have stated that they believe that Mr Pardew has two more games before being sacked. Mr Ashley was therefore ‘humouring’ your reporter.”
As we all know, drink loosens many tongues…
Everybody can judge for themselves which version to believe – Ashley in full flow, or his lawyers after the event.
Ironically, the very fact that this is now out there will almost certainly mean that Pardew will stay in the job even if he gets beat 10-0 by Stoke, whatever Mike Ashley’s true intentions are/were.
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