Pardew thankful for Ashley stance

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has praised owner Mike Ashley for resisting the temptation to cash in on one of the club's star names.

The Magpies secured their place in the group stage of the Europa League with a hard-fought 2-1 aggregate victory over Greek side Atromitos on Thursday night, but Pardew will be celebrating even more if he reaches Friday night's 11pm transfer deadline without losing a big name.

He said: "You have to pay a lot of respect to Mike, the owner here, because he could have cashed in on one of our big players. We have had a couple of phone calls during the window and Mike has been pretty adamant that everybody stays. I thank him for that and our fans should thank him too because we are not as affluent as some other clubs."

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