Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has insisted he has the support of owner Mike Ashley, the
Pardew accepts he is under pressure to produce results after overseeing consecutive 3-2 defeats, the first at home to newly-promoted Hull and the second away at Everton, where Newcastle were three goals down by half-time. The performance at Goodison Park was so poor in the first-half, the newspaper adds, that there were rumours Pardew had been sacked following the match despite the second-half resurgence.
The speculation ultimately proved false – it was also claimed elsewhere he had resigned – but Pardew is aware of the gossip. “I understand the focus is on me,” Pardew said. “There’s always scrutiny on managers when you’ve lost two games and you’re at a big club, there’s going to be pressure and social media has added to it.
“The sacking rumour started on social media, probably by young fans or whoever and it makes some sort of headway. The only way you can deal with it, when I’ve been a manager here for nearly three years, is you have to cut yourself off and just focus on the job,” he added.
It is noted by the Telegraph that the suggestion Pardew had been sacked following the Everton defeat was spurred on by word of a meeting between the manager, the owner and director of football Joe Kinnear, but the club insisted it was routine for the three to convene following the final whistle.
“It was just a meeting about going forward, making sure that we know exactly what we think the weaknesses are in the squad, and any problems we’re having in games, so that they have the information if we need to improve in January,” Pardew said on the discussion.
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