Pardew safe in Newcastle United’s hot-seat

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ALAN Pardew’s job is safe at Newcastle United – despite ongoing fan protests against him.

Pardew’s side ended the Premier League season in 10th place after a defeat to Liverpool yesterday, with Stoke climbing above the Magpies thanks to their win at West Brom.

Travelling Newcastle supporters again chanted against manager Pardew and club owner Mike Ashley at Anfield.

And an offensive banner aimed at Pardew was confiscated by stewards at the stadium, where Brendan Rodgers’ side came from behind in a dramatic second half which also saw United pair Shola Ameobi and Paul Dummett dismissed.

Martin Skrtel’s first-half own goal was cancelled out by a strike from Daniel Agger, and Daniel Sturridge’s goal three minutes later saw Newcastle beaten for the seventh time in eight games.

Fans have demanded Pardew’s sacking after witnessing a disastrous few months on the field.

But Ashley – who was not at Anfield – is set to keep faith with the 52-year-old, whose side ended the campaign in 10th place to earn a top-half bonus, which is also payable to the club’s non-football staff.

Pardew is now focused on discussions with Ashley and new managing director Lee Charnley ahead of an anticipated hectic summer of incomings and outgoings.

“I have to be better,” Pardew said. “I have to come back better – hopefully at this football club.

“The most important thing is recruitment now.

“We have to make sure we get bodies in the door to get this club to where we were in the first half of the season.”

Striker Loic Remy, meanwhile, was injured for Newcastle’s final game of the season – and NOT resting up ahead of the World Cup, according to Pardew.

On-loan Remy wasn’t involved in yesterday’s defeat. The 27-year-old’s absence came as a surprise, with the France international having been expected to lead the line for Newcastle on Merseyside

But Pardew insisted the Queens Park Rangers forward, linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend, had had a genuine problem, having left the field the previous weekend with an ankle problem.

And it meant one of Remy’s last acts in a black and white shirt was to score his 14th goal of the season against Cardiff City.

“Loic was injured,” Pardew said. “He didn’t train all week. He’d hurt his ankle in the game. He turned it.

“That was it. That was a blow.”

Remy and his Newcastle colleagues Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko are expected to be included in France coach Didier Deschamps’ preliminary 30-man World Cup squad, which will be revealed tomorrow evening.