Pardew braced for ‘frank’ meeting with Newcastl owner Ashley

HATEM DECISION ... Alan Pardew
HATEM DECISION ... Alan Pardew
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ALAN Pardew is braced for an “honest and frank” end-of-season meeting with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.

The ninth-placed club takes on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday on the final day of the Premier League season.

Pardew is expected to meet Ashley next week to discuss the rights and wrongs of the past nine months - and plot what needs to be done at St James’s Park over the summer months.

Newcastle’s campaign has unravelled since the turn of the year.

And frustrated fans have chanted for Pardew to be sacked in recent weeks.

Pardew said: “It’s very important to talk about this season.

“In the first half of the season, we were one of the best teams in the league.

“In the second half, we weren’t. We weren’t good enough, and the results weren’t good enough.

“We need to focus on finding solutions.

“I’ll be as honest and frank as I can be as a manager.

“I’m sure Mike will have an opinion what what we need to do better.

“Hopefully, we’ll get the right solutions to get a season like we had two years ago.”

Respected French newspaper L’Equipe today claimed United had sounded out St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier about the job.

And Pardew has previously admitted he doesn’t feel “safe”.

Asked if he would still be in charge next season, Pardew added: “I hope so.”