Pardew to stay on as Newcastle manager following Ashley talks

Alan Pardew insists there is no longer any doubt over his future as Newcastle manager, and believes he will still be at the club next season, according to Sky Sports.

Pardew had previously indicated that he was unsure whether or not he would remain in his position ahead of talks with club owner Mike Ashley, claiming that both he as manager and Ashley as owner had underachieved this season.

However, following the discussions, Pardew now feels confident in planning for next season at St. James’ Park.

He said: “There’s no uncertainty about my position. I expect to be manager 100 per cent. It was a good lunch.

“Mike just comes and generally has a chat, says hello to everyone and he thanked all the players for their efforts. We all know it has not been our greatest season but you cannot say we’ve not given 100 per cent.

“We have and therefore have a better scenario next year and we all have to pull together. That was basically his message. Like all clubs, we will be sitting down again, discussing plans for next year.”

Pardew was appointed at Newcastle in December 2010, and despite initial reservations from a large portion of the club’s support, was able to win the terraces over by guiding the Toon Army to European football at the end of last season. He was rewarded in September 2012 with an eight-year contract at the club.

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