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Pardew remains one of the favourites to be the first Premier League manager to be sacked.
Alan Pardew gets his fair share of criticism on Tyneside.
Many point out his lack of tactical nous, some question his man management abilities, and others read between the lines in every press conference he gives.
Pardew's job seems safe after he signed a whopping eight-year contract just weeks after leading Newcastle to a fifth-place finish, so Ashley certainly seems set to stick with the former West Ham manager for a considerable period.
Ashley has not splashed the cash this summer and Pardew is being made to work with the same squad that laboured to a 16th-placed finish last term. In short: Is Ashley doing all he can to help out his chosen man?
Add into the equation the arrival of Joe Kinnear as director of football—a role that could quite easily cause friction between Pardew and Kinnear—and you have a potential recipe for disaster.
Pardew's massive contract means he is virtually unable to be sacked due to the huge compensation package that would have to be settled upon his departure.
The money problem could be solved by Pardew voluntarily leaving his post, although with such an amount of money awaiting him if he was to be pushed rather than jump, such an event is unlikely.
Perhaps Ashley's plan is to frustrate Pardew so much that the pressure becomes too much? We could maybe find out if we could ask the man at the helm of Newcastle United.