Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mike's Faith Being Repaid as Pardew Thanks Owner; Pardew Thanks Ashley, as Owner's Faith Repaid in Victories

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mike's Faith Being Repaid as Pardew Thanks Owner; Pardew Thanks Ashley, as Owner's Faith Repaid in Victories

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Byline: Neil Cameron at The Hawthorns

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 ALAN Pardew thanked Mike Ashley for not sacking him as Newcastle United's incredible resurgence continued with a win at West Bromwich Albion - the club's fifth victory in a row.

The 53-year-old made a gesture to the club's owner before the end of a fine 2-0 win, which took his side to within two points of a Champions League place, and it was one of happiness. There was not a throat cut suggestion in sight.

Pardew also praised his coaching staff for standing beside him in the bad times which, while they were only a few weeks ago, seemed like ancient history as his team deservedly won 2-0 at The Hawthorns. Goals from Ayoze Perez and Fabricio Coloccini won the game and Newcastle's incredible run of form, a series of results that looked remote not so long ago, shows no sign of stopping.

Pardew was the bookies' favourite to be the next manager to lose his job. However, Ashley kept his head and has been repaid with Newcastle's rise up the Premier League. Asked about his gesture to Ashley, Pardew said: "I am sure everyone was pulling at him when we weren't winning any games. He stuck with me and was very supportive, especially after the Southampton game. "You have to have that as a manager, that faith. You need to feel that what you are doing on the training ground, with the chief executive and the staff, that you are doing the right things. I like to think that buys you a bit of time. It bought me just enough time on this occasion.

"So it was nice when there was only a couple of minutes to go that we had won the game (he could look to Ashley).

"I particularly want to thank my staff. You need your staff to be loyal as a manager, especially when we were under fire. They need to believe in what you are doing. I've got great belief with my staff and now I feel the rewards of that and so did they. That's important for any manager."

Almost 3,000 Newcastle supporters travelled to the Black Country and while there were no 'Sack Pardew' banners, the manager is still to hear his name being sung in a favourable manner this season. …

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