For a man whose hands are supposedly tied, Pardew spends an awful lot of time thanking, praising and dedicating wins to the very man that many claim is responsible for tying his hands. Going as far to defend Joe Kinnear and tell us that, in terms of letting him get on with the job, Ashley is the best that he’s worked with and that he’s lucky to have Ashley as his boss.
It doesn’t stop there though. Pardew tells us regularly that we should thank Ashley and be thankful when he does things like not selling players.
Don’t take our word for it though, take that of the hand-tied man himself:
December ’10 – Pardew tells us that he’s fallen out with chairmen before because he wants to win things:
“I don’t want to be finishing seventh or eighth every year, and he knows that. He knows what I am like.
“Mike knows me, he knows I have fallen out with chairmen before – that’s because I want to win things.”
Source: Evening Chronicle
September ’11 – Pardew asserts that the £35m Carroll money has been reinvested and that he can’t ask for any more than that:
“Mike and Derek’s backing has been excellent. I have to say that. And the noises on the last two [planned arrivals] are also positive.
“I know where that [Carroll] money goes, I assure you. It will be invested in the club. So far, the button is being pressed and I can’t ask for more than that.
“If you add up the money and think we have not spent the £35m, you will be way off. I have to mark the cards of the fans on that.”
Source: The Mirror
October ’11 – Pardew tells us that we are in a much better financial position than most Premier League clubs:
“I am hoping the owner is starting to get a little bit more respect. I don’t think we are ever going to win everybody over for Mike and Derek and maybe even myself, but at least you can logically look at it and say we are in a much better position than most Premier League clubs in terms of our financial position.”
April ’12 – Pardew backs Ashley, asking us to think about the money that he’s invested:
“Since I’ve been here I have not really shouted his corner. Politically for me it’s a minefield.
“I want to keep the fans in a good place but I would say to them, before they get emotional about it, that Mike has invested something like 25 per cent of his personal wealth in this football club.”
August ’12 – Pardew tells us that he has no problem with the squad prior to the solitary senior signing of Vurnon Anita:
“I’m relaxed as these guys did a great job last year and I’d have no problem picking from the group we have now.”
Source: BBC Radio Newcastle (Transcript)
August ’12 – Pardew tells us that he’d be “100% happy” to go with the squad he has after the solitary senior signing of Vurnon Anita:
“I’d be 100% happy to go with the squad we’ve got at the moment, but we’re also watching the market. At the moment, though, the targets we have are all very secure at their clubs.”
Source: The Guardian
August ’12 – Pardew tells us that we should be thankful to Mike Ashley for not cashing in on players:
“You have to pay a lot of respect to Mike (Ashley), we’ve had a couple of phone calls during the window and we could have cashed in on a couple of our players but he didn’t and I thank him for that and our fans should thank him too.”
September ’12 – Pardew reiterates that we shouldn’t be disappointed because we didn’t lose any players and signed Vurnon Anita:
“Our fans will be slightly disappointed, but I think in a week’s time they will think, ‘hold on we haven’t lost anybody and we’ve got Anita’.
“We’ve also got a few young players to come in as well.”
Source: Evening Chronicle
October ’12 – Pardew tells us that Ashley is the best chairman that he’s worked with in terms of letting him get on with his work:
“He is the best chairman I have had in terms of letting me work. He hardly ever bothers me and if he does, it’s about a decision involving the budget, questions like, ‘Was that a good move?’ or ‘Could we have paid less?’.
“But outside of the team, very rarely will he stop me and say, ‘Why did you sub him at that time?’ or ‘What’s the story with him? Why isn’t he playing?’
“He trusts me and knows I am being fair. I am trying to get the best out of the team.”
Source: Daily Mail
September ’13 – Pardew defends Joe Kinnear, tells us that we did our business in January and that we should all be positive and optimistic:
“We are delighted to have brought Loic Remy to the club in this window and we believe he will form an exciting and effective partnership with Papiss Cisse.
“Joe has worked hard on numerous targets, particularly an additional offensive player. However some of the options that were available within our financial means were not as good as the players we already had and there is no point bringing in new players unless they can improve us and take us forward.
“We did the majority of our business in the January window, signing five excellent first team players.
“With the strong squad we have we should all approach the season in a positive, optimistic frame of mind.”
Source: The Express
November ’13 – Pardew dedicates the 2-0 win over Chelsea to Mike Ashley and tells us that he is an NUFC fan:
“This win is for Mike Ashley and all our fans. Trust me, he is a fan and I’m pleased for the club. We are all Newcastle fans.”
August ‘14 – Pardew tells us that we have more depth and that we’re in a strong position:
“I think we have much more depth to our team. The last two or three years in the Premier League we have lost key players like Remy and Yohan Cabaye, and the players who have come in just haven’t been able to carry the flag. That’s not to say that they are poor players, but we just needed a little bit more quality.
“I think we have more depth – (Rolando) Aarons and Adam Armstrong are coming through as well. We have some good young players. So I feel we are in a strong position.”
August ‘14 – Pardew tells us that he can’t argue with the board’s transfer dealings:
“I think all managers hope for one or two, that doesn’t mean to say they’re going to arrive. I can’t argue with what the board have done, we’ve been criticised in the past for not spending the money and not putting it back in.”
August ’14 – Pardew reiterates that we’ve done “terrific business”, bought terrific, offensive players, and that he’s more comfortable with this squad:
“We’ve always maintained that we will watch the window until the last hours. We’ve done some terrific business and I think it must be exciting for Newcastle fans that we’ve got some terrific, offensive players.
“I feel much more comfortable with the team and we can play a brand of football which is expected of us. I think we could really trouble teams this season, which is something we didn’t do in the second half of last season.”
August ’14 – Pardew tells us that the squad is now more fluid than last year and the year before:
“The problem with the Premier League is that if you play the same team week in, week out against the top teams, you won’t ever gain an advantage.
“We have to be fluid and sometimes change, but we need the options to change. Late last year, and in the Europa League year, I didn’t have those offensive options.”
Source: Daily Star
August ’14 – Do these sound like the words of a manager whose hands are tied?
“When I signed the new contract, Mike always knew there would be ups and downs for both of us.
“He stood by me and this feels like an up time for me. He’s armed me again, he’s stood by me.
“I can always give him an honesty of where we are and he listens – that’s why so many players have entered the building. We needed them.
“It’s that kind of relationship you can only hope for as a Premier League manager, and I’m lucky enough to have it. I hope I can repay him this season.”
Source: Sky Sports
Finally, for posterity – Alan Pardew 16th August 2014:
“We have more depth and more quality and when I signed a long contract with Mike and the club we both knew there would be ups and downs for both of us.
“It was fairly obvious he listened to me at the back end of last year and the support I’ve had in terms of the signing of the new players is exactly what was needed.
“I’ve nothing to moan about now in terms of what’s happened this summer.
“We have a strong squad, perhaps the biggest and best I’ve ever had in terms of options so we’re in a great position.”
Source: The Journal