ALAN Pardew has thanked Newcastle United’s fans for their “patience” – after his team let them down again.
Pardew’s side were beaten 4-0 by Manchester United on Saturday.
The defeat followed equally comprehensive Premier League losses to Southampton and Everton.
And the players were booed off the field by those left inside a half-empty St James’s Park.
Pardew, without leading scorer Loic Remy, admitted the performance wasn’t good enough, even if the absentees were taken into account.
“I think they’re aware we’re lacking some big players in this team, not just quality, but the experience they have,” Pardew said.
“We had a lot of young players on the pitch. Sometimes, that goes against you.
“I thank the fans, because I thought they were patient with us as best they can be.
“It wasn’t anywhere near as good as we can play, even with the players we had available.”
Newcastle have struggled for goals in the absence of Loic Remy, who could be fit for Saturday’s visit to Stoke City.
Asked about the reaction at the final whistle, Pardew added: “It’s tough. I understand the fans’ frustration.
“The want to see exciting football at this stadium, and we’re just not producing it at the moment.
“We need to just gather ourselves together, and hopefully go to Stoke and put on a performance which is above the last three.”
Meanwhile, former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was dismissed by relegation-threatened Norwich City yesterday.
Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion proved the final straw for the club’s board, with a daunting run-in meaning their current five-point cushion over the bottom three offers little comfort.
Norwich youth-team coach Neil Adams has taken charge.
Hughton remains a popular figure on Tyneside for guiding Newcastle back into the Premier League at the first attempt. He took charge of United, initially as caretaker manager, in the summer of 2009.