ALAN Pardew says there’s been no hiding place on Tyneside as the pressure on him at Newcastle United intensifies.
Fans again chanted for Pardew’s dismissal during Monday night’s Premier League defeat to Stoke City.
And Pardew – whose second-from-bottom side take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow – has had encounters with fans keen to take him to task over the past few days.
But the 53-year-old – the odds-on favourite with bookmakers to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post – says he has also had backing on the streets.
And Pardew has reiterated his determination not to walk away from the job – despite the concerns of “worried” family and friends about the toll the past few weeks have taken on him.
“I’m going about my business as I normally do,” said Pardew.
“My family and friends worry about me a little bit, because it’s started to go past football media. That’s not nice.
“But that just makes me determined. It’s just the make-up that I have.
“I don’t worry about it or shy away from it.
“I haven’t shied away from it. I’ve been out and about, and I’ll continue to do that.
“I’ve had one or two interactions where fans have made their point.
“I’ve got no problem with that – that’s part of being a football manager.
“I’ve also had two or three fans who had wished me to come through it. I appreciate that.
“I’ve had a lot of support from within the game. That’s from board level to ex-players, and I want to thank them for that.
“It’s important that my resilience is the strongest of anyone’s.
“I think you have to understand that it’s my business. I love this football club.
“I think the players are feeling a little bit of the stress and the heat that’s on them. This is a young squad, and I need to help them.
“That’s what I’m going to do until such point as when I can’t help them any more.”
Pardew insists he won’t “hide” – however difficult it gets for him.
“We have a team that’s not quite functioning as we would like, but there is nowhere to hide,” he said. “It’s like a boxing ring – there is nowhere to hide.
“People keep asking me are you going to come back? What are you going to do? Are you going to stay on the line?
“Well, I’m not going to hide and I don’t expect my players to hide. It’s about digging in at this point, and we need to do it as a team. If we can show that, something will fall our way.”