ALAN Pardew says he doesn’t fear for his job at Newcastle United – despite his contract not being “cast-iron”, writes Miles Starforth.
Pardew’s side has struggled at the wrong end of the Premier League all season.
And Newcastle face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road tomorrow still needing points to secure their top-flight status.
United’s poor domestic form has led to calls from some fans for Pardew to be sacked.
Pardew was handed an eight-year contract in September after guiding the club to a fifth-placed finish last season.
After putting pen to paper the bookmakers made him 100/1, to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, but he was made odds-on favourite to go after last month’s home defeats to Sunderland and Liverpool.
“I never fear for my job,” Pardew said. “But I don’t think my contract is cast-iron either.
“I’m not going to say ‘that doesn’t matter – I’ve got a long contract’.
“I’m hurting about performances, I’m hurting about the way we’ve played.
“I’m hurting about results – we should have had better results. Some of the performances have been good. But we haven’t got the points.
“For somebody who prides himself on tactical knowledge and the way I assemble teams, that’s been a major disappointment.
“In terms of my confidence, and worrying – no. The only worry I’ve got is getting this team safe this year. After the year we’ve had, I’ll treat that as a minor – a little – success.”
Sir Alex Ferguson’s imminent retirement has given Pardew pause for thought, with the Manchester United manager having been under intense pressure in his early years at Old Trafford.
Pardew was in the Crystal Palace side beaten 1-0 in a replay in the 1990 FA Cup final.
“You’ve got to remember I played in the final,” he said. “Walking down the tunnel after the 1990 game I remember seeing him in the tunnel.
“He knew he’d got away with it – that’s how management can change.
“He’s been an unbelievable manager. Like all managers, you do need some patience, and a little bit of luck. He’s had that, and he’d be the first to tell you that.”