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Pardew - Ashley is backing me
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is convinced owner Mike Ashley wants to establish the club at the right end of the Premier League.
The Magpies surprised many last season by securing a top-five finish and bringing European football back to Tyneside.
Building on that achievement will be tough but Pardew believes the much-maligned Ashley is prepared to rise to the challenge.
He told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle: "Mike, sensing it in him, wants to give it a real go.
"He got excited about what we did last year. We got very, very close to the Champions League and I think it has egged him on to really give it a go."
Ashley has endured a difficult relationship with the Newcastle fans but the club have been widely praised for their astute transfer dealings in recent seasons.
And while the owner will not be financing any rash spending, Pardew believes the club are being run the right way.
The 51-year-old manager added: "The fans have seen what he is trying to do. All the criticism of the past suddenly seems slightly shallow.
"He's got the club on a good footing and we are looked at as a good model for other Premier League teams. Financially, we are sound.
"We can't compete with the big boys unless we get Champions League football. Mike isn't going to fund that.
"He's made that clear, but he's given me an opportunity to maybe do it anyway.
"I'm hoping the success continues and the fans appreciate the £260million of Mike's own money he's put in. He wants to see success."
Success in terms of bringing players to Newcastle has been stifled thus far in the transfer window.
The signing of Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy has stalled and a loan bid for Andy Carroll has been rejected, while there has been little progress regarding Marseille forward Loic Remy.
On the other hand, Newcastle have yet to lose their star players with Demba Ba, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye all still at the club.
Ba, who has been linked with Rubin Kazan, would seem most likely to leave given the £7.5million release clause that is in his contract until July 31.
But when asked if his key players will be leaving this summer, Pardew appeared unconcerned.
"I'm quietly confident that we will keep our players," he added.
Date: 2012-07-25 13:35:16