Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has praised owner Mike Ashley for leaving him alone to get on with his job.

The sportswear tycoon has presided over an eventful period at the newly-renamed St James' Park since staging his take-over in May 2007, repeatedly sparking controversy as he attempts to guide the club to self-sufficiency.

However, Pardew, the man he appointed manager in December 2010, insists he does not have to deal with any interference from Ashley as he looks to build for success on the pitch. He told the Evening Chronicle: "He is the best chairman I have had in terms of letting me work."

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