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Newcastle Have Been Harmed by Mike Ashley’s Lack of Football Understanding, Says Pardew: Daily Soccer Report

mike ashley Newcastle Have Been Harmed by Mike Ashleys Lack of Football Understanding, Says Pardew: Daily Soccer Report

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says that the club have been harmed by owner Mike Ashley’s lack of football understanding.

Here’s what Alan Pardew said in an interview with Sky Sports:

“Mike is a strong character. He comes from a background of whatever he’s done in his business career, he’s been a success. And when you come into football the logic doesn’t quite fit.

“There’s a way to run a business, and it can be any business – it can be a clothing business, it can be a car industry – and we have many of these people in the game now, don’t we, who have made their millions from mining etc, they’ve come from different fields, and Mike comes from a field where he’s been aggressive with his tactics in the sports world and it’s brought him huge success.

“He’s a genius when it comes to that world. That’s his world. This is not his world. But he loves football, trust me, and he wants Newcastle to do well. Why wouldn’t he?

“But he can’t understand the logic sometimes of how it works, and it confuses him and I think it upsets him, and sometimes when he’s upset I think he does some things that are not brilliant for the football club.

“That’s just Mike, but I can think of a lot of owners who are less good than Mike. And I think he’s funded the club. We’ve got no debt other than to Mike, so we’re not in a bad position, but we’re not where our fans want to be.”

While what Pardew says may be true, I’m not so sure that his chairman will take too kindly to Pardew exposing some of the doubts and weaknesses about Mike Ashley. Unless Ashley is fine with the club’s manager being so open about his feelings? Somehow I doubt that.

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6 Responses to Newcastle Have Been Harmed by Mike Ashley’s Lack of Football Understanding, Says Pardew: Daily Soccer Report

  1. Dust says:


  2. Peter Quinn says:

    I watched the whole interview and Pardew really came off poorly. He just didn’t seem to have answers for things most managers should have an understanding of. He seemed confused and ill-prepared.

    Or maybe he was still recovering from his Saturday night.

  3. Martin J. says:

    After all Pardew should know about the owner’s lack of football understanding as it’s the same Mike Ashley that gave him an 8 year contract. It’s not going to end well in Newcastle.

  4. CTBlues says:

    NBC’s ProSoccerTalk has an article about the MLB switching to the European calendar in 2014 with a 6-8 week winter break during December and January.

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