Newcastle United boss found it hard to face fans

Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew.
Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew.
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ALAN Pardew says he’s found it hard to look Newcastle United fans in the eye – and harder still to explain away his team’s form.

A goal from Gabriel Obertan gave United a 1-0 victory over newly-promoted Leicester City at St James’s Park on Saturday after frustrated fans have regularly chanted for Pardew’s dismissal this season.

And supporters spelled out their “frustration and complaints” when they met the 53-year-old in the street during a troubled two months.

But Pardew is hopeful that the Leicester win will ease the pressure which had built up around him.

“I’m not going to pretend it hasn’t been tough,” said Pardew.

“It has been very, very tough to look our fans in the eye when I’ve met them in the street and listened to their frustration and complaints.

“It’s fair, and I can’t say it’s not. We should be winning more games than we are.”