Pardew says Ashley is the best chairman he's had.
He told the Evening Chronicle: "He is the best chairman I've had in terms of letting me work.
"He hardly ever bothers me and if he does, it's about a decision involving the budget.
"Questions like 'Was that a good move?' or 'Could we have paid less?'
"But outside of the team, very rarely will he stop me and say 'Why did you sub him at that time?' or 'What's the story with him, why isn't he playing?'.
"He trusts me and knows I am being fair.
"I am trying to get the best out of the team."