I can’t hide says Alan Pardew after Newcastle United lose 3-0 at Arsenal

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
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ALAN Pardew admitted he has nowhere to hide after Newcastle United fans vented their anger at him during a sixth successive defeat.

The club’s 2,000-strong travelling support turned on Pardew during last night’s 3-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

And the defeat has heaped more pressure on Pardew, the Premier League’s second-longest serving manager behind Arsene Wenger, who was in the opposite dugout.

Newcastle’s fans chanted for Pardew to be sacked – and chided him about the team’s losing run.

The 52-year-old is looking increasingly vulnerable in his position, despite the previously-staunch backing he has had from club owner Mike Ashley.

Pardew – whose side take on Cardiff City at St James’s Park on Saturday – acknowledged the depth of feeling among supporters.

“We’ve had 2,000 travel all this way to watch us,” Pardew told SportMail.

“We respect that. I’m not going to moan about what they were singing and their feelings.

“I can’t hide from that. It’s six defeats and they’re not happy.

“The only way we can put it right is get ourselves in a position to win the game on Saturday.”

United remain ninth in the league despite an abject run which has seen them score just two goals in eight games.

Asked if he was worried about his job, Pardew said: “All I know is that when you’re manager of Newcastle, to lose six games is going to bring massive pressure on you.

“I have to accept that, but I still have to focus on my job.

“And my job is to try to get this team in the best possible shape for Saturday.

“I want a top-10 finish and I want to get that on Saturday.”