Pardew happy to cope with pressure
Published 03/10/2013 | 17:21
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is vowing to fight on after reports of his demise proved to be greatly exaggerated.
Social media platforms went into overdrive in the wake of Monday night's 3-2 Barclays Premier League defeat at Everton, in which the Magpies turned in a dreadful opening 45 minutes to trail 3-0 at the break, amid rumours that the 52-year-old had been relieved of his duties.
However, it soon became clear that he had not after he emerged from a post-match meeting with owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear, who were both at Goodison Park, unscathed.
Pardew said: "It's important to go to see the owner after a game like that and make sure that we know where we are coming from.
"We had a good meeting after - me, Mike and Joe - just to make sure we know exactly what is going on on the pitch and what's going on in terms of the results.
"There was nothing untoward there."
Pardew's future has been thrown into doubt by last season's poor showing - Newcastle eventually finished in 16th place after winning a very real battle for top-flight survival - Kinnear's controversial appointment and a dismal summer in the transfer market.
Successive Premier League defeats by promoted Hull and Everton have done little to silence the manager's critics, although Ashley and by extension Kinnear, have borne the brunt of the tide of abuse which has come the club's way in recent months.
But Pardew, who faces a tricky trip to Cardiff on Saturday, admits he and his managerial colleagues have little choice but to accept the spotlight their profession brings.
Asked if he feels permanently under pressure, he said: "Most Premier League managers are.
"I was with (Aston Villa boss) Paul Lambert yesterday and he was saying after their three defeats, everyone was giving them a lot of trouble.
"The social media as well makes it so much more difficult with all sorts of stuff being put on there, so there is more pressure.
"But you just have to cope with it, it's as simple as that."
Pardew has experienced both the highs and the lows of life at St James' Park in approaching three years at the helm, guiding the club to a fifth-place finish and European qualification at the end of the 2011-12 season before the difficulties of the last campaign.
However, he remains unbowed in his determination to turn the situation around and drag the club back into the upper reaches of the table, where he firmly believes they belong.
He said: "You have good days and you have bad days. When we finished fifth, we had a pretty consistent season. We lost and we bounced back.
"Unfortunately this week, we didn't do that and I was a bit disappointed that we didn't bounce back with a better performance on Monday night.
"I have been here three years and it's a tough job. But I enjoy it.
"It's not been our greatest week, but the club we are, we can win 3-0 at Cardiff and everybody will say we are going to win the league, so you just have to go with it."
Pardew made a bold move at half-time at Goodison when he replaced defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa with forgotten Mike Williamson and watched the former Portsmouth stopper provide a platform for an unlikely fightback which dragged the Magpies back into the game.
Williamson, who has not always been a fans' favourite, responded in just the way his manager had hoped and in doing so, sent out a message to the rest of his team-mates.
Pardew said: "It's important that when players come out of the team, their attitude is spot-on because in the Premier League, it's not always the case.
"Williamson's attitude has been spot-on and therefore when the door was opened and he came in, he took the opportunity.
"You can only do that if you condition yourself well and train well, and Williamson has done that, so that's a feather in his cap."
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