Billionaire Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has revealed that Alan Pardew has just one more game to turn things around, if he loses at Stoke he’s “dead”.
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley told The Independent that Alan Pardew is “dead” if the Magpies lose their next away game against Stoke.
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Ashley later announced that he was joking however, and said that the comment had been taken out of context.
“He’s got one more game. If we lose against Stoke on Monday night then he’s gone. I have had enough,” he said.
“Dead. Finished. Over. One more game then that’s it. What would you do? I have spent a lot of money on that club, it’s cost me a lot. I won’t put up with it any more. Honestly, answer me, what would you do? One more loss and he’s gone, he’s over, finished.”
The billionaire has backed Pardew up until now, despite Newcastle lounging at the bottom of the Premier League table at the moment. Whether he is truly joking with these comments remains to be seen, but either way they aren’t exactly going to fill the Newcastle manager with confidence.
Fans of the club would certainly be happy if the Toon boss did finally get the sack, with a number of protests geared around the manager’s removal having gone on recently.
Banners, websites, and chants, have been commonplace; and last week a huge protest that involved 30,000 leaflets demanding that Pardew was fired went on during Newcastle’s 2-2 draw with Hull.
Having only secured three points so far this season, any manager in Pardew’s position would be under pressure.
Shockingly the under fire boss is the second longest serving manager in the league (behind Arsene Wenger), but although he signed an eight year extension in 2012 it seems his time could be already running out.