ALAN Pardew vowed not to walk away from his job at Newcastle United – after fans called for him to be sacked.
Supporters chanted for Pardew to be sacked during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
Despite months of simmering discontent, it was the first time fans had – en masse – turned on him during a game.
Pardew – who watched from the directors’ box alongside Lee Charnley, the club’s new managing director – conceded that many fans now want a change of manager.
However, the 52-year-old – whose side is on course to finish the season in the top 10 – has up to now retained the backing of owner Mike Ashley, who was not at the match.
And Pardew is adamant he can revive United’s fortunes given summer investment in the club’s fragile squad.
“There’s a lot of it against me at the moment,” Pardew said.
“I’ll have to stand up to it and deal with it.
“All I can do is an honest job. I’ve tried to do that ever since I’ve been here.”
The Stoke defeat followed heavy losses to Manchester United, Southampton and Everton, and extended the club’s run without a goal to 360 minutes.
Newcastle’s form since the January departure of Yohan Cabaye has been dismal.
And the recent injury to Loic Remy has underlined the team’s over-reliance on the forward for goals – and inspiration – since Cabaye joined Paris Saint-Germain.
However, Pardew, whose tactics have come under increasingly close scrutiny, felt there was another factor at work at in The Potteries – the Press.
Pardew was critical of the local titles banned from St James’s Park after the game, accusing them of “whipping up bad feeling” in the build-up to the fixutre.
One newspaper ran a poll asking if he should he sacked – and 86 per cent voted for a change.
Pardew said: “It’s been very difficult – we have to cope with that.”