'He made me feel confident' - Newcastle boss comments on Mike Ashley

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew never felt as if Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was preparing to sack him.

Pardew has had to endure some tough times at St James’ Park in the last months, with his run of seven games without victory at the start of the season resulting in a city-wide call for his job.

Fans have been disillusioned with the 53-year-old for a number of months, and it has only been the upturn in form in recent weeks - which has brought four consecutive Premier League victories and a League Cup quarter-final - that has seen for the former West Ham and Charlton boss remain in a job. Whilst cries of discontent have quietened on Tyneside in the last few weeks, the displeasure for club owner Mike Ashley is ever growing, and he was criticised by Magpies fans for attempting to ruin their club - by keeping hold of Pardew despite the bad form.

It shows the fickle nature of football fans that Pardew is no longer an outcast in the North East, and, with the Toon riding high in the Premier League table - sitting just two points off the top four - Ashley should be given some praise for remaining with the under-fire coach. Pardew may still be disliked by the majority of football fans, but his management record should not be dismissed, and Ashley was wise enough to have the long-term in view when planning for the club he owns.

Whilst the press were expecting Pardew to lose his job on any day of their miserable run in 2014, the manager himself was never wary of his future, claiming that Ashley always made him feel confident that he would turn the Magpies’ fortunes around.

Speaking to the Standard, Pardew said: “I would never know if there was [any intention to sack me].

“There was enough in the background that I had done at the club that made the owner stick with me. He made me feel confident.

“I was confident going into the next period of games when we managed to turn it round.”

The confidence shown by Pardew will be likely to continue when the Premier League returns this weekend, with the Magpies hosting struggling QPR on Saturday.

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