Alan Pardew reveals crisis talks with Mike Ashley

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew against Oldham Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew against Oldham Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID

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UNDER-FIRE Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has revealed he has held talks with Mike Ashley in the aftermath of Saturday’s defeat against Southampton.

The Magpies boss is under severe pressure after a poor start to the season, including the 4-0 defeat at the weekend.

Ashley was at St Mary’s Stadium on saturday, and Pardew has revealed he spoke to the Newcastle owner the following day about the situation, which has seen fans call for him to be sacked.

But Pardew will again be in the dugout for the game against Hull City at St James’s Park on Saturday – and says he isn’t fearful of the fixture.

“I had a long conversation with Mike Ashley on Sunday,” admitted Pardew. “We both agreed to focus on this Saturday and try to get a win for Newcastle.

“The environment for the players on Saturday will probably be as tough as it’s ever been. Hull will try to take advantage of that.

“I don’t fear the game but Hull are a good side. But we have to show that our spirit is strong and I think we will do that.”