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Pardew insists he has Mike Ashley's support
In the wake of Monday night’s defeat to Everton, rumours began circulating that Pardew had offered to resign in a meeting with Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear at Goodison Park, while there have also been reports he could be sacked in the near future.
However, club officials insist Monday night’s discussions were nothing out of the ordinary with the trio having regular contact after games, and Pardew revealed the Magpies owner and director of football have promised to do everything in their power to help Pardew turn the club’s fortunes around after two wins in their opening six games of the campaign.
“We had what we've been having for the last few games, just a meeting about going forward, making sure that we know exactly what we think the weaknesses are in the squad and problems we're having in games so that they have the information to improve upon if we need to improve in January,” explained Pardew, who takes his side to face Premier League newcomers Cardiff City tomorrow.
“It is important go see owner after game and make sure we know where we are going from we had a good meeting so we know what is going on on the pitch in terms of results. There was nothing untoward there.
“Sometimes you have to talk about players and whether they're actually going to grasp it or not. I think these players will grasp it, we just need to give them time.
“Yes [they were supportive], Mike and Joe wanted to know how they could help. Particularly when the transfer window's shut, Joe needs to understands exactly what...he's an ex-manager so he needs to know exactly what the issues and problems are if we have any, so it's just an explanation of those and going into the game. I think that's a general chat that most managers have with their owners.
“Joe can help with gathering information so that when we come to January and I say 'I think we should do this', it makes some sort of sense. I think the football director at Manchester City, the director at Tottenham, if they're not getting that information after games I'd be surprised. I don't think it's unique.”
Pardew has also come in for criticism from disgruntled supporters over the past week with concerns growing for the club’s position in the Premier League.
The Magpies boss insists he shares their frustrations, though, and admits he understands his position will be under intense scrutiny until his side begins to climb up the league.
Newcastle insist the speculation surrounding Pardew’s future is nothing more than internet rumours and the Magpies boss is adamant he will not lose focus on the job in hand even if there are sections of fans calling for him to go.
He said: "There's always scrutiny on managers when you've lost two games and you're at a big club, there's going to be pressure and social media has added to it.
"Most of the rumours (sacking) started on social media, probably by young fans or whoever and it makes some sort of headway.
“The only way you can deal with it when I've been a manager here for nearly three years is you kind of have to cut yourself off and just focus on the job. That's all I'm doing really. I have to focus on my job and you guys and everything else that goes around it.
“None of that had any foundation but the bottom line is that at a big club, you've got to win games. Then it (speculation) stops.
"I don't actually think at this particular time it's the press or media, it's the saturation we have especially from social media as such and it's the old saying that you can't keep all the people happy all of the time. Well, I can't keep any of the people happy any of the time!
"Even when you win. After we'd won at Villa, there were suggestions that perhaps we should have played with two strikers or that we might have scored more goals. Some of it is so far removed, you've got to cut through it, really.”
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