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Pardew expects Ashley backing

Alan Pardew expects the support of Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley when they discuss plans about how to avoid another late season collapse.

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Alan Pardew: Admits Newcastle must make improvements

Alan Pardew: Admits Newcastle must make improvements

Newcastle sat in the Premier League top six in December, but the squad was weakened by a string of injuries and the January departure of star midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Just two wins in the final 10 games forced the North East club to settle for a 10th place finish and fans vented their frustration at Pardew and Ashley.

The pair will meet this week to discuss the season and transfer targets, with no suggestion of any showdown talks, and Pardew is confident he will get a sympathetic ear.

"I think it's important he understands some of the problems I have had. We can talk through some things I think need to improve," he said.

"Although he has a reputation of being aggressive, he's a better listener. That's why he has had such great success.

"He doesn't really say much. He listens and comes back to me, sometimes 48 hours after, and draws some conclusions from what I have said.

"It's not like there's too much hollering and shouting, it's more a case for Mike to listen to the problems I have had.

"Then he reflects on the budget and everything else to see how he can help me."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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