Don’t judge me or Newcastle United yet says Alan Pardew

HARPER PRAISE ... Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
HARPER PRAISE ... Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

ALAN Pardew says it’s too early to judge him - or his Newcastle United team.

Pardew came under fire after the club’s opening two Premier League games.

Bookmakers made him the early favourite to be the first top-flight manager to lose his job.

But United got their first home league win since April 7 on Saturday - they beat Fulham 1-0 at St James’s Park - and Pardew’s team booked their place in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with a 2-0 win at Morecambe.

And Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is now the 3/1 bookies’ favourite for the axe after their defeat at Crystal Palace.

“I just think the media of the Premier League is such that we’re three games in and people are talking about managers losing their jobs and this and that,” Pardew said.

“Blimey, come on. At least get to 10 games, and then you can reflect on it a little bit. Then people come under pressure.

“At the minute, we’ve got a good dressing room, and I think we showed that (against Fulham).”

Newcastle were found wanting in their first league game, the 4-0 defeat to Manchester City, and they didn’t have a shot on target in the goalless draw against West Ham United five days later.

Pardew feels the last two games have given supporters - and the media - a clearer picture of what his team is capable of this season.

“I would have taken four points with Man City and everything that went against us in terms of our preparation - three days with Yohan (Cabaye) in our team and then he didn’t play and Tayls (Steven Taylor) getting sent off,” he said.

“I think it was a cloudy picture of us. The Press gave us a hard time over it, and we have to accept that.

“But you can’t back it up better than that - three clean sheets.

“And if Gouff (Yoan Gouffran) had put that one in against West Ham, we’d be sitting here with six points from three games and we’d be really happy.

“I’ll take the four (points) and move on.”