EMBATTLED Alan Pardew says he won’t be forced out of Newcastle United.
Fans again called for the dismissal of the club’s long-serving manager during Monday night’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke City.
But Pardew retains the backing of owner Mike Ashley, who was at the Britannia Stadium with managing director Lee Charnley.
The result left the club second from bottom of the Premier League.
While the 32-year-old’s job is not riding on the result of Saturday’s game against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, Ashley, presumably, will act if the club’s league form does not pick up.
In the meantime, Pardew - who has six years left on his contract - must work against the backdrop of fan hostility.
However, he is adamant that he is “strong” enough to deal with the flak that comes his way from frustrated supporters - and an increasingly-critical media.
Asked if there will come a point where he can’t take it any more, Pardew said: “In football, I think there is always criticism and mocking of some description or whatever.
“You’ve just got to be strong and get on with it.
“I’m a professional football manager. I’ve got a contract here, and I’m going to continue to try and lead the team to the best of my ability.”
Newcastle, beaten by a first-half goal from Stoke’s Peter Crouch at the Britannia Stadium, spent much of the game on the back foot, though they rallied at the end.
While Pardew, the Premier League’s second-longest serving manager, felt there wasn’t much between the two sides, he knows only wins will now keep him in a job.
And time is seemingly running out for him to turn things around.
“We’re losing games, and I have to turn it around to the best of my ability,” Pardew told BBC Radio Newcastle.
“I think the team showed (at Stoke) that they fought to try to get something out of the game.
“The margins slightly went against us. When Stoke take the lead, they sit deep and make it very, very difficult for you.
“We had to come up with a really good answer and we couldn’t find it, although Jack (Colback) almost did at the end.”
Meanwhile, the club has sold out it’s ticket allocation for the Swansea game despite the team’s poor league form.