Pardew thanks Newcastle Utd fans

Newcastle's Papiss Cisse celebrates his goal with manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle's Papiss Cisse celebrates his goal with manager Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew has thanked Newcastle United’s fans - for laying off the boos!

Pardew was braced for a hostile reception at St James’s Park after a week of calls for his dismissal.

And the club’s long-serving manager was fearful that negativity towards him would affect his players against Hull City.

Many supporters chanted against him and owner Mike Ashley, who was at the stadium.

But he had no complaints about the backing his side got in the 2-2 draw.

Two goals from substitute Papiss Demba Cisse on his comeback from injury earned United - who had trailed Steve Bruce’s side by two goals - a point.

“I have to say thank you to them for that,” said Pardew.

“A big section took a neutral position. I don’t expect them to support me, but they took the view of loving their football club.

“I think we did enough on the pitch to win a few friends.”

Newcastle had been embarrassingly beaten 4-0 by Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium the previous weekend.

But Pardew’s side were much improved against Hull, and Cisse’s 69th-minute introduction finally gave the team the cutting edge they had lack up until then.

“There was a lot of negativity, but most of our fans respected the performance and I thank them for that,” said Pardew.

“I have to say they were magnificent, all things considered.

“In today’s society, with Facebook and Twitter, you get some real radical people and it makes it very difficult for us.

“It is difficult for us in the club. There has been some reporting which quite frankly has been outrageous. We accepted all that, and after Southampton, you have to.

“I told the players there is no point whingeing over various comments because we did not deliver. For this club, that performance was not right.”

After the game Pardew - who retains the backing of Ashley - again insisted he would not walk away from the job, whatever the mood towards him on Tyneside.

“I was never, never never going to walk out of this football club on the back of that performance (against Southampton),” he said.

“I am very proud to be the manager here. I have not got an arrogance and an ego about me that I’m just going to sit it out, waiting for whatever.

“I love managing this team. I respect it and try to do a respectful job.

“What a performance when you analyse it. Two wonder goals for Hull, and we still would not lie down after Southampton.”

Newcastle are back in action on Wednesday night, when they take on Pardew’s former club Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the third round of the Capital One Cup.