Alan Pardew facing the Newcastle United sack after Stoke defeat
Newcastle are without a Premier League win this season and Pardew admits his position is precarious
September 30th, 2014
Newcastle United remain in nineteenth place following Monday night’s 1-0 defeat at the Britannia Stadium, with Peter Crouch’s early goal bagging Stoke City three precious points.
It leaves the Magpies in the relegation zone and without a Premier League win this term, with the future of Alan Pardew the subject of mass speculation, with the Newcastle manager admitting he could be on borrowed time.
Pardew is set for “serious talks” with club owner Mike Ashley following Monday’s game, with the majority of Newcastle fans wanting him to leave the club as the team’s fortunes continue to take a nose dive.
“It’s a tough job, make no bones about that,” he said. “The fans are giving their honest opinion of what they believe. I looked at them at the end and clapped them to show I respect their views.
“I’m not going to hide from it. I know there is a big question mark about me being at this football club and the only way I can answer it is to do the job to the best of my ability and try and come up with answers. I’ve never really been in this situation before, it’s a bit unique. But I’m a professional football manager, that’s what I do and that’s what I’ll continue to do.
“We’ve got to fight, I have to fight, the team has to fight and that’s what we will continue to do until we can turn it around. I think it’s important I show to the team I’m here to lead them and that’s what I will do.”
Asked whether he expected to have a serious conversation with Ashley before leaving the Britannia Stadium, Pardew, who signed an eight-year contract in 2012, said: “No, but we’ll have some serious conversations before Saturday because he doesn’t want to lose and nor do I.”