ALAN Pardew says it’s good to talk with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley – as he DOES listen.
Ashley is this week holding an end-of-season debrief with Pardew, the club’s under-fire manager.
The pair will also thrash out a summer transfer strategy with newly-appointed managing director Lee Charnley.
Pardew is safe in his job, despite a dismal few months on the field which saw Newcastle’s challenge for a European place fall away.
Ashley – who, like Pardew, has been the subject of angry chants from frustrated supporters in recent weeks – is keen to hear what went wrong since the turn of the year and how it can be put right.
While Ashley has a reputation as a single-minded businessman, Pardew insists his meetings with the billionaire are not confrontational.
And Pardew is hopeful they can plot a way forward for the club, which ended the Premier League season in 10th place.
“I think it’s important he understands some of the problems I’ve had,” Pardew said.
“We can talk through some things I think need to improve.
“Although he has a reputation of being aggressive, he’s a better listener.
“That’s why he’s 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’ve 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’ve had.
“Then he reflects on the budget and everything else to see how he can help me.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s Paul Dummett has had his Anfield red card rescinded.
Dummett was dismissed during the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday after he inadvertently caught Luis Suarez with his trailing leg.
The Football Association confirmed the defender no longer faces a three-game ban at the start of next season after a successful appeal.
A statement read: “Newcastle United’s Paul Dummett has had his claim of wrongful dismissal upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today.