Newcastle Utd owner gives boss private vote of confidence

SUPPORT ... Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley.
SUPPORT ... Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley.
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ALAN Pardew has been given a private vote of confidence by Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley – after another public mauling.

Pardew spoke to Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley in the wake of Monday night’s 1-0 defeat to Stoke City.

Frustrated fans again called for Pardew to be relieved of his duties at St James’s Park.

But the 53-year-old, for now, retains the backing of billionaire Ashley, despite the clamour for his dismissal on Tyneside.

And Pardew will be in the dugout tomorrow for the second-from-bottom club’s Premier League game against fifth-placed Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

“I spoke to Mike and the chief executive (Charnley), and the message is very much ‘how can we support you?’,” said Pardew.

“I would not expect any different, even if they were thinking different privately.

“They have been very solid, and I appreciate that. It’s getting lost in the wash a little bit that I’m here out of arrogance, or Mike’s being stubborn about it to annoy people.

“We’re not. We’re just trying to get what is right for the team.”

United have had a dismal calendar year on the field, and there was dissent from supporters in the latter months of last season as a once-promising campaign slowly unravelled.

Asked if he was surprised he was still in a job given the hiring and firing of managers elsewhere, Pardew added: “Of course, I’m thankful for the ownership to back me in the way that they have and supported me.

“Mike has tried to support me in this last period as much as he can.”

Ashley handed Pardew – and his backroom staff – eight-year deals two years ago after they guided the club to a fifth-placed finish.

And it has been suggested that Ashley – who yesterday increased his stake in Scottish club Rangers to almost nine per cent – is particularly mindful of the cost of sacking Pardew given the payoff he and his coaches would be entitled to from the club.

Pardew, however, has questioned some of the reporting of his contract situation.

He said: “The only thing that is correct has been the length.

“It was put there because we were going to go through thick and thin.

“Three years ago I was manager of the year, and that was nice. It was good for me. This isn’t so good.

“But the owner has stuck by me throughout that.

“Where I need to get to in the short term is get a result. We are in no doubt about that.

“We don’t want it affecting us going forward. We must get a win at some point, because you can’t go on not winning and no manager is immune from that.”

Meanwhile, Swansea manager Garry says Pardew faced an unfair trial by TV during the Stoke game, which was broadcast live by Sky Sports.

“I don’t like seeing the agenda in the televised game at Stoke the other night,” Monk said.

“Every time there was a bad mistake, or some sort of attack against Newcastle, they’d pan to the manager and the chairman.

“It was a bit of a farce for me, and I thought there was an agenda behind it.

“But Alan’s an experienced manager, he’s in a difficult moment and he’s been through the mill, but he’s a very good manager.

“I know it’s the first time he’s been through this sort of thing, but I think they’ll be fine.

“He’s got a very talented squad of players, and it’s a case of pulling together as quickly as possible and move on.

“You have sympathy with all managers in those situations, but with the players they have they’ll fight and scrap for every point and I think they’ll do well this season.”