Pardew: Mike can’t afford to save us from another relegation

Alan Pardew fist pumping.

Pardew – Fist pumping his way back to the top ten?

Speaking exclusively to Sports Direct News, Alan Pardew saluted Mike Ashley’s “bravery” in saving Newcastle United from the Championship, but also suggested that he may not be able to do it a second time should the club be relegated again.

He also revealed that without the handicap of European football in the coming season, though his first aim will be to avoid relegation, he will be ambitious and go for a top ten finish or possibly even higher. Though how he could aim higher than the top ten, he didn’t explain.

“I think realistically we should look to finish in the top ten and hopefully get ourselves in a position where we can attack higher than that” said the Silver Supremo, adding:

“When it gets to February we’ll have a clearer indication of where we’re going to be.”

Pardew then spoke of how it is relief from the pressures of European football, along with good players which has enabled him to aim so high after last season’s disappointing 16th:

“We’ve not got the pressure of the Europa League this season so you would expect us to have a high finish in the league because we have a good team and a lot of good players.”

Moving on to how it is imperative that the club avoid a second relegation after a near miss last season, Pardew then continued on how it was Mike Ashley’s “bravery” which saved the club from the second tier, though he omitted to mention the minor roles played by his prececessor, Chris Hughton, and the players themselves. Pardew explained:

“The bottom line for any Premier League club other than the top six is survival. You need to stay in the Premier League to make sure you secure the funding that pays for the squad and all the staff we carry.

“This club got relegated three years ago (it was actually four years ago – wt) and was in a bit of a mess but it was Mike’s bravery that got them back into the top division yet there was a huge financial cost. We can’t afford to do that so the first priority is staying in this league. Make no mistake about it.

Finally, he stressed the need to carefully manage the expectations of fans of a big club such as Newcastle, stressing that expecting a finish in the European places for a second season in a row was always unrealistic. On this he concluded:

“When you’re at a club as big as Newcastle you have to be careful with expectation. When we finished fifth last year [in 2012] with the Europa League as well people were predicting us to have a similar sort of finish. I don’t think that was ever realistic to be honest.”

The second part of Pardew’s interview (on the influx of French players) is here.

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33 Responses to “Pardew: Mike can’t afford to save us from another relegation”

  1. 1
    avatar the magpie says:

    No more Geordie money to the fcb

  2. 2
    avatar John mccloud says:

    What a crock,Ashley’s mismanagement got us relegated,it would never have happened under shepherd….lol

  3. 3
    avatar steve says:

    Every time Pardew opens his mouth I get depressed. Whoever we sign in this transfer window, I just can’t see us going anywhere under this idiot.

  4. 4
    avatar Grey Lord says:

    Hughton’s galvanising management, in the face of supporter frustration, star player exodus and gross directorial bungling hoisted us back to the Premiership.

    The way Pardew refers to Europe in the negative is embarrassing. Heaven forbid we dared to imagine a team that finished 5th might be able to string a few passes together and avoid an unsavoury relegation scrap. Such loony dreamers us mags eh.

  5. 5
    avatar workyticket says:

    Grey Lord says:
    August 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    “Hughton’s galvanising management, in the face of supporter frustration, star player exodus and gross directorial bungling hoisted us back to the Premiership.”

    His recruitment of Graham Carr has helped us in the Premiership too long after he was sacked.

  6. 6
    avatar whitevanman says:

    We would never have been relegated if Ashley had not made a total mess of running the club any money spent was to save his investment

  7. 7

    Why cant we have expectations. I am a season ticket holder of 30 years.Last season we appeared unfit ,tactically inept,and the worst long ball team in the league.Why oh why do we have to listen to these clowns season after season with the same revamped Drivel.See u all at man city tho .As newcastle united is our team not thiers

  8. 8
    avatar tomfin says:

    there is know way pardew kept his dinner money when he went to school coward idiot

  9. 9
    avatar Darren says:

    What a idiot pardew is I went to bruges ,bordeux ,Kharkov .benfica all away costing a lot of money and time he comes out with no pressure of European football that’s were we want to compete at top difference is they dont .

  10. 10
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    Typical Parnocchio talking absolute rubbish, And utter falsehoods.
    I give up trying to figure out what this idiot is supposed to be on about!
    He talks about us being a big club in one sentence, Then more or less calls us a small club, In the next sentence.
    All he ever does is contradict himself, And trip himself up, All the time.

    Mike Ashley was brave, And saved us in the championship, What a load of crap!
    We went down because of his ridiculous actions, And bizarre decisions, In how not to run a Football Club!
    He held a fire sale, Raked back a load of money, In transfers, Put loads of people out of work, Who have never been replaced, So that saved him more money.
    He also got the parachute payments, And spent basically nothing on players.
    If it wasn’t for Chris Hughton galvanizing the players who were left, And a lot of luck, And the Championship not having one of it’s strongest years, God knows where we might have ended up!
    Added to the fact we were getting crowds of nearly 40,000, It was hardly the crisis, It was made out to be, By Mike The Saint Ashley, And his cronies!

    The one question i would love to ask the chump, Alan Pardew is, Why the hell are you even a Football Manager?
    Because all he ever does is whinge on about anything and everything.
    He talks conspiracies against him, Cannot motivate a team, Despite having the moniker, “Mr Motivator”, Has no tactical nous what so ever, And plays people out of position constantly.
    I thought the whole point of becoming a manager, Was to be the best you can be, And be in it for the glory, And to win things.
    This tole rag gets into Europe for the first time, And you would think anyone would be over the moon about it.
    Not him though, All he did was complain the whole time we were in the competition, And took any gloss of the occasion, For the fans.
    If that was me, I would pack it in, If it was doing that to me.
    IMO, He more or less showed the whole world, He isn’t up to being a top level manager, With his actions.
    A manager of Newcastle United Football Club, Should never rejoice in the fact, We are not involved in the competition, In the next season.
    That was unforgivable in my book, Along with everything else he was up to, Last Season.
    Apparently he sends teams out to win, Every time his teams take to the field.
    Utter crap IMO!, He’s a white flag merchant, And more or less throws games, Like the F.A cup, Because he’s terrified of getting injuries.
    He never sends teams out to win, He’s obsessed with what the opposition can do to his team, Rather than what his team, Can do to the opposition.

    He’s a total a**ehole of a man, Who i cannot wait to see get the sack!
    It will be a great day to see him driving his car out of the training ground, For the last time, With his tail between his legs.
    Yes i hope he gets his comeuppance soon, No one is more deserving.
    A complete a**ecrawler, Toady merchant, And all round sycophant, Who after all the shafting’s he’s had, Still defends the regime.

    Alan, There is no shame in being a window fixer, Go back to the tools, And let the proper Football people, Get on with the job, As this is not for you!

  11. 11
    avatar Paul in Hollywood says:

    What Joe said.

  12. 12
    avatar Jasper Fotheringham says:

    Pardew celebrating the fact that we don’t have any European football to play. What is the point???
    Sack this unambitious, tactically inept clueless tosser NOW.

  13. 13
    avatar Grumpy Old-Toon says:

    Joe, stop sitting on the fence, tell us what you think of Pardew. :)

    by the way if there are people out there who haven’t done the 38 degrees e-mail to Sports Direct just go back a couple of threads for the contact details. It is really easy to do!

  14. 14
    avatar workyticket says:

    Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    August 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    “by the way if there are people out there who haven’t done the 38 degrees e-mail to Sports Direct just go back a couple of threads for the contact details. It is really easy to do!”

    It’s even easier to copy the link and paste it on here, Grumpy! ;-)

    https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/sports-direct-zero-hours

  15. 15
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    Grumpyoldtoon, I thought that was a fair appraisal of him lol.
    Other that what is stated, He’s basically a good bloke lol.

  16. 16
    avatar workyticket says:

    Rob Elliot is our only uninjured goalkeeper right now as Alnwick’s knacked.

  17. 17
    avatar joe hawkins says:

    Worky, I’m starting not to like Elliot also, Because he seems like another hand picked, In the times of no stories, Lets send him out, To talk crap for us!

  18. 18
    avatar GS says:

    Didn’t Brave Mike Ashley bravely try to sell the club for a 100 million after we were relegated? After there were no takers he bravely held on as Chris Hughton steadied a sinking ship.

  19. 19
    avatar GS says:

    Talk about bringing in Chuck’s son-in-law, James McCarthy, makes me think there really is something going on with Cabaye. Replacing Cabaye with McCarthy and Sinclair might not be bad. However, would we do it?

  20. 20
    avatar workyticket says:

    joe hawkins says:
    August 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    “Worky, I’m starting not to like Elliot also, Because he seems like another hand picked, In the times of no stories, Lets send him out, To talk crap for us!”

    Joe, Elliot, Woodman and Pardew are very close from their Charlton days. I could see the “chemistry” between them when I was watching Elliot and Woodman’s goalkeeping videos for “Selsport.” He’ll always get more than his fair share of chances as long as Woodman and Pardew are at the club.

  21. 21
    avatar GS says:

    Worky: if I could be bothered I’d do a “brave Sir Robin” parody with brave Mike Ashley as the lead. As danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled etc.

  22. 22
    avatar John Q says:

    Pardew talks crap all the time but the problem remains with Ashley. Until we have a new owner in place we will suffer. Even if Pardew was sacked or left then Ashley will only appoint someone who is a Yes man and will let Ashley run the club however it pleases him.

  23. 23
    avatar DJG says:

    Mike knew that we would be a permanent drain on him financially in the championship, he would also not be able to get his money back when he sells up. That is why he took the temporary hit to get us back up Parsnip. Yes he will do it a second time as well but he will sack you long before then if we are sniffing around the bottom again.

  24. 24
    avatar sandybaz says:

    Only just avoided the championship last season nailed on this time round.Can not see any other result with this lot in charge like most of you lot on here been going to games for 38 years and have to say do not enjoy watching the lads like the old days.Need an owner who knows what this club is about until then I reckon even the makems will come out better than us.

  25. 25
    avatar DJG says:

    I would say as well as praising Hughton, as everyone does on here, don’t forget the likes of Andy Carroll & Kevin Nolan. Those two basically pulled us out of the shite. They were the right type of physical players for the championship which was nothing but a stroke of luck.

  26. 26
    avatar workyticket says:

    DJG says:
    August 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    “Mike knew that we would be a permanent drain on him financially in the championship, he would also not be able to get his money back when he sells up.”

    Newcastle United is worth nothing to Mike Ashley and Sports Direct in the Championship.

    DJG says:
    August 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    “I would say as well as praising Hughton, as everyone does on here, don’t forget the likes of Andy Carroll & Kevin Nolan. Those two basically pulled us out of the shite. They were the right type of physical players for the championship which was nothing but a stroke of luck.”

    DJG, How many goals did Kevin Nolan score for Newcastle before Hughton decided to put him in a more attacking role behind the striker? The answer is 0 in a whole season. Also, where was Andy Carroll? When Hughton took over, he was a gauche, inexperienced player who was barely out of the Academy. He had only scored 3 first team goals in his Newcastle career, yet after only a year and a half under Hughton he was sold for £35 million.

  27. 27
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    joe hawkins says:
    August 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Joe I share your rage and discontent Fella :)

    Anyone see that PI55 take of Kinnear’s desk on twitter?
    Made me chuckle.

  28. 28
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    I wonder where we would be now if CH or KK had the full backing of the Board?
    Surely in a better place than we are now.
    Nobody at the club seems to learn from past mistakes either and we just look like a very badly run club from top to bottom.

    Personally I wouldn’t give Pardew any money to spend-god forbid he might buy some good players and have to go through another Europa jaunt which he clearly doesn’t want.

    Makes you wonder what blueprint ,we are now following we have had so many and not forgetting 5 year plans etc blah blah blah

  29. 29
    avatar geoff777 says:

    #4 Got it spot on.
    #6 Too.
    Followed by #12.

    Thanks lads saved me some typing. ;-)

  30. 30
    avatar Andy says:

    Question, is Pardwho unfit for purpose ? Y/N ?

  31. 31
    avatar workyticket says:

    Andy says:
    August 3, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    “Question, is Pardwho unfit for purpose ? Y/N ?”

    Pardwho? I wonder which Andy that could be? :-)

    I think you know you’ll get a majority of Ys on this blog and others where users are a) sane and b) have an IQ of over 10.

  32. 32
    avatar Grumpy Old-Toon says:

    Joe, actually I loved your rant, and had quite a chuckle at it. Marks out of ten, I’ll use a WO….ga rating 5935. :) :) :)

    Also agreed with 99.999% of it.

  33. 33
    avatar tunyc says:

    So, uh…if we get that high finish (higher than top ten!) we’ll be back in Europe…and, you know, with that sort of pressure…AP would probably only be able to just scrape by relegation in the last couple weeks of the season…but then, in the next season, without the pressure of Europe…Mike is brave…over the line…won’t be held to ransom…would take an over-the-top bid…we’ll know where we are 2/3 of the way through the season…

    Sure is a good thing we have an owner who constantly saves us from trouble he definitely didn’t cause himself.

    pffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffft…

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