Pardew shuns Press call after embarrassing Newcastle defeat

PRESSURE ... Alan Pardew.
PRESSURE ... Alan Pardew.

ALAN Pardew refused to speak to the Press after Newcastle United’s 4-0 defeat to Southampton.

Pardew shunned the post-match Press conference and only spoke to rights-holding media after this afternoon’s game at the St Mary’s Stadium.

Pardew's chair

Pardew's chair

The defeat was watched by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, who heard travelling fans call for Pardew’s dismissal.

“We didn’t have long to prepare after the internationals, but there’s no excuse really,” Pardew told BBC Sport.

“The players tried everything at 2-0. We just caught at the start.

“The criticisms from the fans are fair. You can’t get beat 4-0 – I’ve had a few of those at the club.

“We have to be strong and tough it out. We have to put ourselves on the line and be brave.

“We have more quality than we showed today.”

Asked about his future, Pardew added: “I haven’t asked for any assurances about my job, and I haven’t been given any.”

Pardew’s side are yet to win a Premier League game this season.

Meanwhile, John Carver, Newcastle’s assistant manager, remonstrated with supporters who held up an anti-Pardew banner before the game.

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