Pardew safe as Newcastle manager

Alan Pardew is in no immediate danger of losing his position as Newcastle United manager, Sky Sports has reported.

Newcastle where on Monday beaten by Stoke City, leaving the Magpies second bottom of the Premier League table with three points and no wins from their opening six games. Peter Crouch scored the only goal of the game after 14 minutes.

Pardew will be in charge for Newcastle’s weekend visit to Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium, and will remain manager should Swansea beat Newcastle. The 53-year-old was appointed at St. James’ Park in 2010, having previously been manager of Southampton, Charlton, West Ham and Reading.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley had suggested in the days before the game at the Britannia Stadium that Newcastle’s next defeat would lead to Pardew’s sacking in quotes reported by a national newspaper, but insisted he was speaking in jest.

Pardew admitted following the Stoke defeat that he and Ashley would speak about the club’s situation but vowed to persevere on Tyneside. “We’ve got to fight, I’ve got to fight and the team’s got to fight and that’s what we’ll continue to do until we turn it round,” he said.

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