ALAN Pardew’s adamant he’s still the right man to take Newcastle United forward – despite the club’s third successive derby defeat.
Newcastle manager Pardew came under renewed fire from fans after Saturday’s abject 3-0 loss to Sunderland.
Angry upporters also hit out at United owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear after influential midfielder Yohan Cabaye, sold to Paris Saint-Germain last month, was not replaced on the eve of the 150th derby.
Newcastle hadn’t lost three successive games against Sunderland since 1923.
And Pardew, whose side remain eighth in the Premier League, is acutely aware of the mood on Tyneside.
However, the 52-year-old – who talked about needing to have a “thick skin” late last month – is focused on Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where he feels his team will have to go “back to basics”.
“I can’t determine their (the fans’) assumption, all I can do is determine the result next week,” Pardew said. “That’s all I can do.
“But I do see a team that needs to go back to basics and have a little bit more control of possession.
“It was a little bit hairy scary at times. We were committing bodies forward and leaving ourselves exposed.
“We can’t afford to do that against anybody.”
United’s afternoon got off to a bad start as Vurnon Anita conceded a penalty, converted by Fabio Borini, before Adam Johnson put the visitors 2-0 ahead in the 23rd minute.
Jack Colback’s late goal condemned Newcastle to a second successive 3-0 home loss to Sunderland.
United lacked enterprise with the ball – the team was too direct at times – and organisation out of possession.
While Pardew insisted his side was committed, he admitted they were far too “erratic”.
“Really and truly, I felt the whole mood of the stadium might have changed with a goal,” said Pardew. “Unfortunately, it went the other way.
“We changed with it, and got very erratic. It’s all well and good putting a tackle in, winning your headers – we competed well with Sunderland – but certainly they had much more composure on the ball.
“That was the difference. Sometimes it’s that extra moment around the box, in which you create a chance or have conviction in a shot.
“Cheik Tiote’s shot and Shola Ameobi’s header were the only two chances I felt had any conviction.”