English Premiership

Pardew expecting crunch talks

2014-09-30 09:18
Alan Pardew (Supplied)
Alan Pardew (Supplied)
Cape Town - Under-fire Newcastle manager Alan Pardew concedes that he will have to have a 'serious conversation' with owner Mike Ashley regarding the club's plight.

A 1-0 loss to Stoke City on Monday night sees Newcastle languishing second from bottom in the Premier League standings, with just three points from their opening six games, a run which leaves them tied on points with basement dwellers Burnley, but ahead on goal difference.

Pardew has come in for stinging criticism from sections of the Newcastle faithful who have called for him to be sacked, but thus far Ashley has stood by his man.

However, Pardew knows that this situation cannot continue, but insists that he is up for a fight.

"It leaves us in the position where we're in the bottom three and we have to fight. I have to fight and the team have to fight and that's what we'll continue to do until we can turn it around," Pardew told Sky Sports after the loss to the Potters.

"I think (himself and owner Mike Ashley) we'll have some serious conversations before Saturday because he doesn't want to lose and nor do I.

"I think it's important I show to the team that I'm here to lead the team.

"I've never really been in this situation before. It's a bit unique, but I'm a professional football manager, that's what I do and that's what I'll continue to do."


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