Given: Sacking Pardew not the answer for Newcastle

VIEWS ... Shay Given.
VIEWS ... Shay Given.
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SHAY Given does not feel sacking Alan Pardew is the answer for Newcastle United.

Pardew’s position as United manager is under severe scrutiny following last night’s defeat at Stoke City, which left the club joint-bottom of the Premier League.

He had come under huge pressure last season, too, and the club’s winless start to this term has led a large number of supporters to protest against him.

Pardew looks set to continue as manager, though, and former Newcastle goalkeeper Given feels that is the correct decision.

He told talkSPORT: “The fans are very restless, as we saw last night on the TV.

“Both home and away, the fans have got the banners out and different things.

“It’s very difficult for the team and the manager to perform with that sort of pressure, but it’s obviously because the results haven’t been good.

“They are demanding somebody gets sacked, but it’s not always the answer. Alan Pardew signed a long contract and Mike Ashley has got a lot of faith in him, so I don’t know if that is the answer to get rid of him.

“I think they need to just turn results around really, really quickly and in football it can happen really quickly and the fans are back onside.

“It will be a difficult one at the minute, but if they get a couple of wins under their belt, then they could turn it around really quickly.”

Given also feels Newcastle’s players should take their share of the blame for the club’s current plight.

However, he insists the squad will be desperate to put it right, despite the fact confidence will be low.

The Republic of Ireland international added: “You do care, of course, because you feel passionately about the football club you play for, and especially at Newcastle.

“The fans are so passionate about their club – it’s like a religion up there: they are really passionate people and they want to do well.

“As a player, it’s a difficult one as well because obviously confidence is very low in the camp because they haven’t got a win under their belts, and they’re all desperate as players to get a victory.

“If you can just get that first win, you can push on and winning breeds confidence.

“You feel for the manager as well, because it’s not always his fault. The players have got to take responsibility as well.

“It’s a mixture of the manager and the players – not just one person should be to blame – and I’m sure the players feel that as well, that they (should) be giving more for the club.”