ALAN Pardew admitted there was a “question mark” over his head after Newcastle United’s latest defeat.
The club’s winless start to the Premier League campaign continued at the Britannia Stadium last night.
Peter Crouch’s first-half goal gave Stoke City a 1-0 win – but the result was more convincing than the scoreline suggests.
Stoke were dominant for much of the game, though United rallied in the last 10 minutes, and Jack Colback struck the woodwork.
And Newcastle’s fans again called for Pardew to be dismissed in front of watching owner Mike Ashley, who had joked with a journalist last week that the 53-year-old would be “finished” if the team lost again.
The result left United second from bottom of the Premier League with six games played.
“It’s a tough job,” said Pardew, odds-on with bookmakers to be the next top-flight manager to leave his post.
“It’s tough where we are at the moment.
“The fans are giving their honest opinion of what they believe.
“I looked at them at the end, and clapped them at the end to show them I respect their views.
“There’s a big question mark over me at this football club, and the only way I can answer it is to do the job to the best of my ability, and try and come up with the answers.”
Asked how secure he was in his position, Pardew added: “I don’t know.
“It’s my job, really, to show to the players that there are 32 or 31 games left, to be strong and show a resilience.
“We find ourselves in a position where we’re not winning games. We’ve got to put that right.”
Pardew did not meet Ashley after the match, but he will speak to the billionaire this week ahead of Saturday’s game against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
“It leaves us in position where we’re in bottom three,” said Pardew.
“We have to fight, and I have to fight.
“We’ll have some serious conversations before Saturday. He doesn’t want to lose and nor do I.”