Over three months after leaving the north east, Alan Pardew has finally responded to the rumours that surrounded him regarding gambling debts and Mike Ashley.
As soon as he became manager at St. James’ Park, spurious rumours circulated that Pardew was beholden to Mike Ashley because of supposed gambling debts.
Something that Alan Pardew has now decided to clarify when speaking to the Mail:
“I went in there and immediately stories started, claims I had these huge casino debts.
“Nonsense and my friends will tell you I’m a proper tight arse when it comes to gambling. On the few occasions I have been in a casino I’ll gamble no more than 50 quid.”
“If I’d been someone else I may have got more recognition (as Newcastle manager) than I did but there were other stories of how badly I was treated up there. I wasn’t treated badly at all.
“On match days there was abuse, for sure, but away from the pitch there wasn’t one incident or anywhere I couldn’t go. Nobody was nasty to me and nobody threatened me – a load of old tosh.”
With regard to those gambling debt rumours and widespread speculation that Pardew had got the job because of already knowing Mike Ashley via casinos, it was also very bizarre when Mike Ashley decided to have the following included in the club’s public statement confirming Alan Pardew had left, back in December:
Newcastle United’s managing director, Lee Charnley, said:
“I would like to thank Alan for his service to the club. Despite public perceptions, fuelled by the media, Mike Ashley had never met nor spoken to Alan before his appointment. However what developed over the last four years was a very strong and positive relationship between all parties.
After Crystal Palace hammered Sunderland 4-1 earlier today, Alan Pardew couldn’t resist winding up the mackems just that little bit more:
“No disrespect to Sunderland but the scoreline slightly flatters them, I thought”
Palace now seven points clear of Newcastle after having been 18th in the table when Alan Pardew jumped ship at United, John Carver only picking up 2 wins in 13 matches.