EMBATTLED Alan Pardew is adamant that his position at Newcastle United is NOT untenable – despite “mass hysteria” among fans wanting his dismissal.
Fans chanted for Pardew to be sacked during last weekend’s defeat at Southampton.
And protests are planned by supporters for Saturday’s home Premier League game against Hull City.
But Pardew – who has presided over a dismal run of results stretching back to the turn of the year – insists he still believes he is the right man for the job.
Asked if his position was now untenable given the depth of mood on Tyneside, Pardew said: “I’ve never really focused on what that word means, if I’m honest, because I’m under contract.
“I look at our last performance – I think that’s what any manager does.
“I have focused a little bit on that performance at Southampton, and all I can do, while I am under contract at this club as manager, is make sure that our performance is nothing like that again.
“That’s what I intend to do, and that’s why I think the experience I have got as a manager, and the fact that I have been here for nearly four years, I think I am in the best position to do that.”
Pressed on whether he was the best person to address the problems supporters have witnessed on the pitch, he added: “I think so – but I don’t think our fans agree with that!”
Pardew, however, conceded that hostility felt towards him off the pitch has become an issue for his players on the field.
“This situation at the moment is almost like mass hysteria, to a degree,” he said.
“It’s really gone to a level which makes it really difficult for players to perform in. I am hoping we can turn that around.”
Pardew met owner Mike Ashley last Sunday to discuss what had happened at the St Mary’s Stadium.
However, Pardew did not seek assurances about his future.
“We didn’t have a conversation regarding my position,” said the 53-year-old.
“He was upset with the performance, and I think he has every right to be that as an owner.
“I told him some things which I think should be sorted out, and some things that can help me.
“At the end of the day, Mike and myself do not want Newcastle to lose. We want to have the best possible team and we want to win.
“Now, of course, we haven’t got that. So how are we going to achieve it? I think it was about how he could help me this week and support me, and I appreciate that.”