Long-term contract won’t save me, admits Newcastle United boss Pardew

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

ALAN Pardew dismisses the notion that his eight-year contract with Newcastle United affords him unquestioned security – instead insisting “the pressure is on”.

The Magpies take on champions Manchester City tomorrow (kick off 12.45pm) having lost five of their last six in the Premier League, sliding to 14th in the table as a result, just two points above the drop zone.

Pardew and his backroom team were rewarded with their bumper deals earlier this year as the club outlined their long-term vision under the manager.

The 51-year-old still talks of the “bigger picture” with regards his role, but nonetheless admits he can ill afford to become complacent.

“With the stability of my contract behind me and the owner (Mike Ashley) having great faith in me, it does not get away from the fact that the fans want to win games,” Pardew said.

“It’s the fans who I answer to – they’ve been brilliant with us even though we haven’t put the entertainment on the pitch which we did last season.

“And don’t think I’m not affected by results because I am – nothing is hurting me more than losing games.

“Money or stability or happiness does not drive me – winning drives me.”

City arrive on Tyneside accompanied by their own recent woes, elimination from the Champions League and a derby defeat to Manchester United chief among them.

That has led to speculation regarding manager Roberto Mancini’s future, but Pardew says he, too, is feeling the strain.

“I think there has been pressure on me,” he said when pressed on the subject of current media scrutiny at clubs such as tomorrow’s opponents, Chelsea and Arsenal.

“The spotlight is on others because they’re at bigger clubs.

“I have to look at the bigger picture for this club, but I must not take my eye off the ball with regards the immediate problem which is results.”

Indeed, after the visit of City, United welcome Queens Park Rangers to St James’s Park before festive away-days at Manchester United and Arsenal.

And Pardew went on: “Our results and stats don’t look good – we’re having a rough run.

“We find ourselves in this position (in the league) and we’ve got three top clubs in our next four games.

“That’s a challenge me must meet head-on and try to get across the line and come out of it with some points.”

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