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11th Sept-Pardew on collision course with Mike Ashley
« on: September 11, 2011, 11:25:52 am »

Good insight I thought by Patrick Collins of the Daily Mail into our manager Alan Pardew.

He quotes:
Throughout his chequered managerial career, Pardew has retained a curious air of self-confidence.
Disapproval is deflected, praise is treated as no more than his due.

You couldn't argue with that statement.

Then also:
when Ashley recovers from his Mansfield excesses, he may find that his latest manager has become his latest problem

Agreed, Pardew seems to be distancing himself from the Board over transfer policy.

There was much discussion last week that Pardew might walk away.

Or indeed, he might be fired. We all know Ashley is ruthless and he certainly does not tolerate criticism from his managers in public.

Pardew will find our bright start to the season is little protection from Mike Ashley, ask Chris Hughton about that one  :o  :o

Pardew verses Ashley? There's only one winner

Last updated at 12:25 AM on 11th September 2011

Comments (3) Add to My Stories Share The pictures were published a week ago, yet still they seem strangely alarming.

The scene is a Chinese restaurant in Mansfield.

Mike Ashley, the billionaire who owns Newcastle United, is grinning vacantly at the camera. Strong drink has been taken, and the rotund Mr Ashley is lashing his own back with a leather belt, having stripped down to his socks and boxer shorts.
 One winner: Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley
Rolls of white flesh spill plumply over his waistband and, delicious detail, we learn that he is gyrating to the Tom Jones number: You Can Keep Your Hat On.

Even by the notoriously louche standards of Mansfield's Latin Quarter, this is outrageous conduct, and we just know that they will be shocked back in Newcastle.

We are not disappointed.

The editor of the Toon Talk fanzine emits a prim hiss of disapproval.
'It's not what people in the North-East are used to,' he declares.

Those of us who have negotiated the debris of Bigg Market on a Saturday evening might argue with that assertion, but no matter.

Ashley is once more condemned as a crass vulgarian; irredeemable and indefensible.

Yet there is a case to be made for him, and that case is currently going by default.
Until Ashley came along, Newcastle owners seemed more concerned with filling their pockets than removing their trousers.
But in four years on Tyneside, it is calculated that the owner has spent something close to 300million in buying the club, paying off the debts and making interest-free loans.

Some would argue that a man who has invested such extraordinary sums can be excused a certain eccentricity.
In truth, some of his appointments have been bizarre; Dennis Wise as director of football, Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer as managers.

His sacking of Chris Hughton was tawdry and unjust, while his appointment of Alan Pardew may be much less inspired than many suppose.
 Odd choice: Kinnear
 Toon legend: Shearer
 Strange call: Wise

Indeed, when Ashley recovers from his Mansfield excesses, he may find that his latest manager has become his latest problem.

Throughout his chequered managerial career, Pardew has retained a curious air of self-confidence.
Disapproval is deflected, praise is treated as no more than his due.

At the moment, Newcastle fans are cursing the club for failing to spend even more money, most especially the ludicrously inflated fee which Liverpool paid for Andy Carroll.

Pardew would like it known that it is not his fault.
Indeed, he feels their pain.

Possibly emboldened by his long-term contract, he says: 'The criticism that's going to come from not getting a striker in has some validity to it I can only say that, from my point of view, we put the targets in front of the board and then it comes down to financial decisions, and that financial decision didn't take place.'

Shoddy treatment: Hughton

Now, a Ferguson, a Wenger, possibly a Dalglish could expect to get away with rebuking their employers in that fashion.

Pardew enjoys no such expectation, but in the ongoing soap opera of St James' Park, he feels able to tweak Ashley's tail.

On Monday evening, Newcastle visit Queens Park Rangers, for whom Joey Barton is expected to play his first game.

Ashley recently dismissed Barton, amid much acrimony. Yet, in his preview of the match, Pardew declared: 'Joey is a controlled animal now on the football pitch. He's an aggressive player, but he has brought that under control.

'Obviously, there was a falling-out with the board that wasn't going to be rectified, so Joey has moved on. He's got himself a contract that he has earned through not just his ability, but the way he has conducted himself in the last couple of years especially, and we wish him well.'

It is the purest tosh, of course, since we are well aware of how the saintly Joey has conducted himself these past two years.
Why, we even recall the opening day of the season, when his witless aggression provoked a small riot in the Newcastle-Arsenal match.
Yet Pardew ostentatiously praises the prodigal, in the certain knowledge that it will offend his own boss.

These are strange times, even by Newcastle's standards, and we neutrals will await developments with morbid interest.

Mike Ashley may lack taste, class and trousers, but he is absurdly rich and utterly ruthless.
If his manager really is spoiling for a scrap, I fancy we can pick the winner.

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