UNDER-pressure Alan Pardew admitted he IS a worried man after Newcastle United’s six-game losing streak.
Fans chanted for Pardew to be sacked during Monday night’s 3-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
But owner Mike Ashley is unlikely to dismiss the Premier League’s second-longest serving manager – if his ninth-placed team finishes in the top 10.
While Saturday’s St James’s Park opponents Cardiff City are fighting to stay in the Premier League, Pardew faces a different fight.
And Ashley, however, will still demand answers from the 52-year-old at the end of the season.
A seventh successive defeat is unthinkable for United – and especially Pardew, who is acutely aware of the depth of feeling on Tyneside.
He knows supporters could turn on him at St James’s Park for the first time should the game go against Newcastle, who have scored just two goals in the last eight matches.
“I think it’s equally important for us,” Pardew said. “It’s a massive game for us.
“If Cardiff fans think ‘Newcastle are in the top 10 – what have they got to worry about?’.
“Well, we’ve got a lot to worry about after the recent run. It’s as big a game for us as it is for them.”
Newcastle supporters – who have watched a once-promising season slowly and painfully unravel over the past four months – chanted “we want Pardew out” and “Alan Pardew, it’s six in a row” at the Emirates Stadium.
They saw United frustrate Arsenal until the 26th minute, when Laurent Koscielny opened the scoring.
Mesut Ozil doubled their advantage before the break, and Yoan Gouffran shot into the hands of Wojciech Szczesny after the break before Olivier Giroud put the game beyond Newcastle in the 66th minute.
“We tried to offer a threat,” said Pardew.
“We had a couple of chances on the break, but you’ve got to capitalise when you get opportunities. We didn’t really do that.”