Alan Pardew vows to fight on
Alan Pardew insists he is determined to fight on as Newcastle manager after a week of rumours suggesting his time on Tyneside is edging towards a conclusion.
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Some reports on social media suggested Pardew was ready to hand in his resignation as Newcastle boss, but the second longest serving manager in the Premier League has come out fighting ahead of this weekend's clash with Cardiff.
"It's the old saying that you can't keep all the people happy all of the time. Well, I can't keep any of the people happy any of the time," he told reporters.
"Most of that rumour (of his sacking) started on social media, probably by young fans or whoever, and it makes some sort of headway.
"The only way you can deal with it, and I've been a manager here for nearly three years, is you kind of have to cut yourself off and just focus on the job. None of that had any foundation, but the bottom line is that, at a big club, you've got to win games. Then the speculation stops."
Pardew's post-match meeting with owner Mike Ashley and Director of Football Joe Kinnear is believed to have sparked suggestions that he was reaching a crisis point at Newcastle, but the St James' Park boss points a very different picture of that meeting.
"We had what we've been having for the last few games, just a meeting about going forward, making sure that we know exactly what we think the weaknesses are in the squad and problems we're having in games," added Pardew.
"They need the information to improve upon if we need to improve in January. Sometimes you have to talk about players whether they're actually going to grasp it or not I think these players will grasp it, we just need to give them time.
"It is important go and see the owner after a game and make sure we know where we are going from. We had a good meeting so we know what is going on on the pitch in terms of results so there was nothing untoward.
"Mike and Joe wanted to know how they could help. Particularly when the transfer window's shut, Joe's an ex-manager so he needs to know exactly what the issues and problems are if we have any, so it's just an explanation of those.
"I think that's a general chat that most managers have with their owners."