Alan Pardew ‘It is credit to Mike Ashley and also credit to me’
Alan Pardew has celebrated his four years at the club by giving credit both to himself and Mike Ashley, so nothing new there…
I had to laugh at our manager going down this line, we can understand he is under orders to namecheck his boss wherever possible but surely even Alan Pardew should know, it is always best to leave it up to others to praise you.
“It’s credit to the owner and also credit to me because I have had to dig in a few times.
“Sometimes his (Mike Ashley’s) flag is up the pole, and sometimes it is mine, but I think we both knew that when we signed that long (8 year) contract, that there were going to be difficult days as well as good days for us both.”
We are solid;
“It is very important to have a solid relationship with your chairman or owner and I have always had that with Mike.
“We have never had a destructive conversation since I have been here.
“I think that is very helpful because at other clubs I have had that.”
Exactly what ties these two together is anybody’s guess but just so long as the team is winning matches then almost everything is forgiven.
It is a very strange situation and anybody who believes that Pardew stayed in his job, despite only 5 league wins in 10 months, because Mike Ashley thinks he’s a top class manager, should really get out a little bit more.
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The contrasts with Chris Hughton are startling.
Taking over a totally demoralised squad and having to sell loads of players, he then proceeded to unite them and they walked the Championship.
Then he secured United in mid-table but from the start of the season there were bizarre (until they came true) rumours that Ashley was looking to sack Hughton at the first opportunity.
That opportunity was a 3-1 defeat at West Brom, despite the previous six games including beating Sunderland 5-1, Arsenal defeated 1-0 at the emirates and a draw with Chelsea.
Whatever keeps Alan Pardew at Mike Ashley’s side is certainly a secret ingredient.
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