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Premier League: Newcastle owner Mike Ashley gets support from Stoke's Peter Coates
Stoke Chairman Peter Coates says he has sympathy for Mike Ashley followingNewcastle's poor start to the season.
Newcastle – who lost 1-0 to Stoke on Monday Night Football – are still without a league win this season and Coates feels for his opposite number at St James' Park.
“Football is a very difficult business,” he told Sky Sports News HQ. “It’s easy when you’re winning but when you’re not, it’s tough.
“I have sympathy with chairmen and coaches in situations like that because I’ve experienced it and it’s not very nice.
“They could turn the corner – a win can make all the difference. A couple of wins and they’ll be two-thirds up the table.
Coates has been through tough times himself during his first spell as Stoke chairman which ended in 1998 after the club were relegated to the third tier amid protests against his running of the club.
He bought the club back in 2005 and oversaw their promotion to the Premier League three years later – but still remembers when things were not going so well.
“I had a lot of stick – it was a hostile crowd and an unpleasant environment and it makes it very difficult to work in – for everybody.
“I can remember the police wanting to know where I was going because they’d had threats – I’ve experienced the other side of this business.
“It’s not fun when it’s going wrong, I can assure you.”
Headlines for Newcastle this week
Arsenal and Chelsea are willing to wait to sign Real Madrid ace Sami Khedira in summer, while Mats Hummels has ruled out a move to Man United.
Roma have once again reiterated their desire to keep Kevin Strootman, while Stoke will not rush to sign Victor Moses permanently.
Stoke Chairman Peter Coates says he has sympathy for Mike Ashley following Newcastle's poor start to the season.
Sky sources understand that Alan Pardew’s job as manager of Newcastle United remains safe for the time being.
Peter Crouch scored the winner as Stoke beat Newcastle 1-0 at the Britannia to pile more pressure on Magpies boss Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew has vowed to fight on after Newcastle suffered another defeat in their dismal start to the Premier League campaign.
Alan Pardew says he ‘loves’ Cheick Tiote and is keen to resolve his contract situation to make sure the midfielder stays at Newcastle United.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes says the critics will only get off Alan Pardew’s back if Newcastle start winning games.
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