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Pardew confident of Newcastle stay

Alan Pardew is confident he will remain Newcastle manager after holding discussions with owner Mike Ashley.

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Pardew has endured a catastrophic campaign with the Magpies which saw them only narrowly avoid relegation after a victory at Queens Park Rangers last weekend.

Having admitted prior to their visit to Loftus Road that he was unsure if survival would guarantee him his job, the 51-year-old was asked if he felt more secure following Ashley's visit to the club's training ground on Friday.

"Are you saying to me, do I expect to be manager? Yes, 100%," he told the Journal. "He [owner Mike Ashley] generally has a chat, says hello to everyone. He thanked all the players for their efforts this year. We all know it has not been our greatest season but you cannot say we have not given 100%. I don't think that.

"We have to have a better scenario next year and we all have to pull together. I think that was basically his message. I think that, like all clubs, we will be sitting down, discussing plans for next year," he added, with another meeting scheduled for next week. "The plans will include pre-season, recruitment and mistakes made this year and that's it."

Meanwhile, Pardew also confirmed that no decision had yet been made on the future of want-away captain Fabricio Coloccini. The 31-year-old informed the club in January of his desire to return home to Argentina, citing personal reasons.

Expecting a decision to be made promptly at the end of the season, Pardew still feels the club's fans can influence their captain's decision.

"I think it will be done quite quickly but look, it's like anything for all the leagues, it really is time to have a break," he revealed. "Sometimes there is not a decision made until pre-season and I don't think a lot of transfer activity will happen until we all return, which will be July 4.

"I think it is very important the fans show him they love him. And they do genuinely love him. For me as a manager he is a fantastic captain, very important in this last period (of the season) in particular.

"When he did not play in those couple of games against Sunderland and Liverpool, I thought we really lacked a bit of leadership on the pitch. His situation is hard to discuss because it was a personal issue and it still is."

However one player who is almost certain to leave St James' Park this summer is defender Danny Simpson. The former Manchester United player is out of contract this summer and despite Pardew commending the player's attitude, he was forced to admit that he believes Simpson has played his last game for the Magpies.

"I think Danny has played his last game for us," Pardew said. "His contract is up and I think we would have renewed it by now. He has been a great player for me, even when he got called up against West Ham he was absolutely terrific and he has always given me everything. I know he will find a Premier League club, but it will not be this one."


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