Alan Pardew responds to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley’s ‘tongue in cheek’ comments

COMMENTS ... Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and London-based PR man Keith Bishop, left.

COMMENTS ... Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and London-based PR man Keith Bishop, left.

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ALAN Pardew has shrugged “tongue-in-cheek” comments made by Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley about his future.

A reporter from The Independent spoke to Ashley outside a pub in London’s Soho district this week.

Asked if manager Pardew’s job was under threat, Ashley was quoted as saying: “He’s got one more game.

“If we lose against Stoke on Monday night then he’s gone. I have had enough.

“Dead. Finished. Over. One more game then that’s it.”

Ashley reportedly added: “There’s only so much I can take.”

However, Ashley, through a lawyer, later claimed he was joking in the light of recent newspapers reports claiming that Pardew was close to the sack.

And Pardew, speaking today, said he was not concerned by Ashley’s comments.

“Sometimes things are taken out of context,” said Pardew.

“If it was a sit down interview done in a serious manner, I’d be a lot more concerned than I am today, that’s for sure.”

Pardew added: “I’ve not seen to him, I’ve spoken to him this week.

“He’s obviously ve keen for us to get victories, that’s what he’s about. That’s what we’re about – winning.

“I’ve been made aware of his comments in the paper, I’ve been under pressure at this club for a number of weeks now.

“All I can focus on now is the team and that’s what I’ll do.”

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