Pardew won’t hide from the challenge at Newcastle Utd

PRESSURE ... Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.
PRESSURE ... Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.
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UNDER-pressure Alan Pardew says he won’t “hide or run away” from the challenge in front of him at Newcastle United.

Pardew is encountering increasing hostility from fans after a poor run of results this year.

Supporters chanted for Pardew, pictured, to be sacked during the club’s defeat to Stoke City last weekend.

And two anti-Pardew banners were held up in the away end at the Britannia Stadium.

But Pardew – whose side take on Swansea City at St James’s Park this afternoon – won’t walk away from the job he has held since December 2010.

“This is tough, as this city lives and breathes its football,” Pardew said.

“There are 52,000 at St James’s Park every other week, and that makes it very, very difficult.

“I’m not the sort of person to hide or run away. I face it full on.

“I hope they back the team with their normal support, which is absolutely brilliant.”

He added: “I’ll take responsibility if we win, lose or draw.”

Pardew – who also experienced some “tough situations” while in charge of West Ham United – feels the pressures which come with managing Newcastle are unique given the club’s passionate fanbase and proud history.

“It’s not an easy shirt to wear,” said the 52-year-old, whose ninth-placed side have lost their last four Premier League games.

“The history of this football club is heavy.

“There’s no point hiding from it, and we’re not going to bury it in the sand.

“We’ve got to live it with, and it’s tough being the manager of this football club with four defeats. I had a similar situation at West Ham after we got beat in the play-off final by Crystal Palace.

“We had a run of games in the Championship where we didn’t do well, and there was real pressure on. Then leading up to the second play-off final. I’ve been in tough situations before.”