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Shearer backs Toon's Pardew

NEWCASTLE legend Alan Shearer believes Alan Pardew deserves the chance to put things right at St James' Park.

The Magpies ended last season in 16th place in the Premier League after a desperate fight against relegation, and there have been concerted calls for the 51-year-old's head from a growing and vociferous section of the club's support.

However, Shearer is adamant the man who secured a shock fifth-placed finish 12 months earlier has earned the right to address what went wrong having been given the green light to carry on by owner Mike Ashley last week.

"I think he deserves to keep his job because of the season before. He bought himself time.

"The nature of the game is he is under pressure and he knows that, but I'm delighted they stuck with him.

"You don't become a bad manager in one season.

"I'm pleased they stuck by him. He will feel they have to get off to a good start as you always do, but fingers crossed that will happen."

"It was a disappointing season, everyone will tell you the same thing.

"But they have got a chance to try and rectify that next season, and hopefully they will purchase some players in the summer that will allow them to come strong again."