ALAN Pardew is set to keep his job at Newcastle United - despite the club’s poor Premier League campaign.
Newcastle beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Loftus Road yesterday to secure their top-flight status with a game to spare.
Pardew faces an end-of-season grilling from owner Mike Ashley after a season of domestic under-achievement.
But the 51-year-old - who signed an eight-year contract last September - isn’t expected to lose his job, despite pressure from fans unhappy with his management.
Pardew was heavily criticised after United’s home defeats to Liverpool and Sunderland, with the team’s performance in those games having brought the to boil frustrations that had been bubbling under for months.
However, managing director Derek Llambias said after Pardew was handed his new deal that he would be “allowed a bad season”.
And it seems the club’s hierarchy will be good as their word.
For his part, Pardew is hopeful Newcastle can again challenge near the top of the Premier League next season if the club’s squad can be strengthened with new arrivals over the summer months, though there will inevitably also be departures.
“We need to have a stronger squad, and be stronger in terms of depth,” Pardew said. “If I could put my first XI out, I think we’re a top-eight team.”