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Pardew insists Ashley is trying to take club forward
AFTER masterminding his first win over Jose Mourinho, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew insists he has the support of owner Mike Ashley and that the pair continue to do everything in their power to take the club forward.
Last weekend’s defeat to Sunderland left Pardew’s position vulnerable in the eyes on many supporters, but Saturday’s win over Chelsea has eased the pressure building after back-to-back derby defeats.
The relationship between the club’s hierarchy and supporters has become more strained over recent weeks with sections of the club’s fan base calling for a change in manager and owner.
However, despite back-to-back defeats, Pardew guided the Magpies to a valuable win over title contenders Chelsea, a result which moved them up to ninth in the Premier League table.
A lack of spending in the summer transfer window, the appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football – who was subject of weekend reports that he tried to sign Shane Ferguson even though he was already on Newcastle’s books - and most recently a ban on three local newspapers has led to heightened animosity towards Ashley’s regime.
However, Pardew insists the powers that be at St James’ Park are trying to do the right thing as far as the club is concerned.
“I think it’s important for the club to know and the fans that we are trying to do the right thing,” Pardew said. “You can say Mike should put another £100 million in, but we are trying to do the right thing.
“Two seasons ago everyone said we were the model, it didn’t go as well last year but we are trying to get to that situation and we are trying to do the right thing. “The local media and everything that has been going on this week, and the criticism, of Mike Ashley – you have to remember Mike is a fan of this football club so I’m pleased for him and I’m pleased for every fan. It’s tough when you lose to your local rivals and we lost two on the trot, but we have got a great spirit here and that shone though.
“I think Mike Ashley understands the fine lines that we are working in. He texted me this week and he knows we played well at Sunderland and we could have won there. The breaks in the game can make all the difference and we got the breaks against Chelsea whereas at Sunderland we didn’t.
“I can say to my team your work-rate, commitment, passion and quality are all there and if you do that every week, you will win more than you lose.”
A defeat to Chelsea would have piled huge pressure on Pardew even if the Blues were unbeaten since mid-September, but the Magpies boss got the response he was looking for after a poor display against Sunderland.
His side showed more passion, desire and intent to inflict another Tyneside defeat on Mourinho and Pardew hopes the result will curtail any worries of a post-derby defeat slide.
He said: “It’s put us in a good position in the league and perhaps it gives us a chance to look up rather than behind us. The Premier League is all about momentum and we have got some momentum.
“At Sunderland we lost that but we kept ourselves together. When we lost at Sunderland last year we then delivered a really strange performance and we lost momentum. We have to keep going forward.
“I don’t think going to Tottenham on the back of another defeat would have been a disaster. It’s a big win, but that’s the problem with the media up here. We have beaten Chelsea and that’s it, but let’s not get carried away and say we are going to be in Europe and we’ll be great, or it will be a disaster if we had lost three on the spot.
“I honestly don’t see that. I think it is very important that we keep, and this city in particular, keeps its feet on the ground at all times. We have lost four managers already up here. I just think it sometimes goes mad up here and we have got to keep it together. Sometimes we don’t always help ourselves.”
Pardew was rewarded for sticking with certain under-performing players against the Blues with Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko producing distinctly better displays than of late.
The French defender in particular has looked a completely different player in the last couple of weeks after a tough start to life in English football and Pardew believes he is now showing exactly why the Magpies were so desperate to sign him.
He said: “I think anyone who comes to the Premier League from a foreign league soon realises that it is non-stop. He gets asked questions all the time, but Mathieu has got to grips with it and it bodes well for him and France.
“He played very well for France in their last game and he has got a good chance for them. If the French Federation were here they would have gone home with a top mark for him.”
Meanwhile, Magpies defender Paul Dummett has agreed a new long-term contract with the club which could extend to six years.
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