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Is Ashley Set To Hear Pardew's Bark?
Published : 13 Aug 2011 13:21:18
Is Alan Pardew sick to death of being known as Mike Ashley's puppet? Has he the balls to fight back? He is currently third favourite for the sack (in the Premiership) so that suggests he could be ready to give the 'Puppet-Master' a piece of his mind.Jose Enrique’s exit from St James’ Park to Anfield was inevitable, but the fact Pardew didn't bring in a replacement in time for the start of the league campaign has fans fuming. He claims he tried, but he couldn't even persuade a Swansea no-hoper to sign for the mighty Newcastle United ... and some say he hasn't the respect to pull in the star players to St James' Park. The players know he has little say in the club, and that is said to be why the star players are not as happy as they were under Chris Hughton. There is no doubt about it, Pardew has NOT won over the players the way Hughton did, and that is very worrying.Pardew – who goes into tomorrow’s opener with Arsenal vowing to sign two more new players before the window closes – is less than 12 months into his five-year assignment as Toon boss.And although he is eager to shake off the Magpies’ tag as a “selling club” - following the departures of Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique and Kevin Nolan (and Joey Barton on the transfer list) - what is he going to do about it? He does what he is told - PERIOD! Alan Pardew: “It is how we set the tone. And the message has to change.“The fans are used to bad news and players leaving – this is something we have to correct.“The only way we can correct it is by success.“We will get a striker and left-back over the line, 100%.“That will be before the window shuts. We will chase those targets.“We think we have signed well in the summer. I look forward to seeing that group.“But I think our fans will see new players on the pitch on Saturday that will impress. I had to rebuild at West Ham, because of contract disputes, Reading and Southampton.“I am well rehearsed in making sure the mixture is right. It is not complete yet, but by August 31 it will be.“We have secured a few of the players on long-term deals and we haven’t lost them all.“We still have Coloccini and Tiote and good young players who can impress our fans.“Cabaye and Ba look ready to rumble.“Marveaux is a bit off the pace because of his injury, but we have Obertan now.“These players who the fans haven’t seen will like what they see."Tiote, who has secured his visa and is back from Ghana. He trained yesterday morning and he will start the game.“We expect him to have a great season.”