Alan Pardew won’t quit as Newcastle United boss but will Kinnear step in?

BATTLING ON: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
BATTLING ON: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew is determined to see the job through at Newcastle United - and has no intention of resigning.

A rumour swept Tyneside yesterday that Pardew had offered to resign in the wake of the club’s 3-2 defeat to Everton on Monday night.

Owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear were at Goodison Park for the game, in which Newcastle went into the break trailing by three goals after a shambolic first-half performance.

But Pardew, 7/2 second-favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job, did not speak to Ashley or Kinnear after the fixture.

The 52-year-old has no intention of walking away from the post - despite the flak that is coming his way from supporters.

Pardew - who admitted his team’s defending must improve after the Everton game - is now focused on Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Cardiff City.

United have made no comment on the rumours of Pardew’s resignation offer, which originated on the internet.

Twelve months ago Pardew signed a new eight-year contract at Newcastle.

The deal was handed to Pardew in recognition for the club’s fifth-placed finish the season before last. His staff were also handed new long-term contracts.

It is not clear how much of the deal Ashley would have to pay up should he dismiss Pardew, who is determined to guide United to a top-10 finish this season after last term’s season-long relegation.

If Pardew was relieved of his duties, Kinnear could step in as interim manager.