WITH the pressure on his shoulders mounting, Alan Pardew has vowed to lead Newcastle United to Premier League safety - provided he is backed by the boardroom.

The Magpies suffered their worst home defeat since 1925 when they lost 6-0 to Liverpool at St James' Park on Saturday, just 13 days after a crushing 3-0 reverse to arch-rivals Sunderland at the same venue.

One win from their last six Premier League matches means Newcastle are still involved in the relegation battle, with third-from-bottom Wigan only five points behind but with a game in hand.

Newcastle fans showed their disgust with the recent run of form when, after falling four goals behind to Liverpool on the hour, thousands headed for the exits.

Many Newcastle supporters have turned against Pardew on social networking sites and there was a degree of abuse hurled at him from some of the fans who left before the end of the game. Then boos rang out around St James' Park at the final whistle.

The club's owner, Mike Ashley, is likely to lead a full inquest into what has gone wrong after the season ends and Pardew hopes he is given the opportunity to prove he is still the right man for the job.

Pardew said: "That is out of my hands, isn't it? My job is to make sure, until I am told otherwise, I lift this team and get this team as good as it can be for next week, and that is what I will do.

"I think that is probably the heaviest defeat I have had as a manager and there were a lot of things I saw I didn't like. But I will make sure we put it right. That started straight after the game in that dressing room. That is the key.

"I genuinely believe we have enough in that dressing room and enough quality in my staff to get the points we need."

After the success of leading Newcastle to fifth place a year ago, Pardew's two-and-a-half-year reign is at its lowest ebb. Losing to Benfica at the quarter-final stage of the Europa League has been followed by home defeats to Sunderland and Liverpool.

"I have no problem getting the flak, I accept that," said Pardew. "That performance was not one of my teams. My teams are renowned for being organised and being on the front foot and you could not say that about my team against Liverpool. I will take responsibility for that.

"Pardew looked relatively calm, even as Liverpool went on to build on a third-minute opener from Daniel Agger with goals from Jordan Henderson (2), Daniel Sturridge (2) and Fabio Borini.

Inside the dressing room there was "anger", according to unused striker Shola Ameobi, and Pardew wants a positive reaction ahead of the final three matches against West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers and Arsenal.

"The players are very much aware of the situation we are in and I don't think they need a lot of telling," said Pardew. "We need to make sure when we start on Monday morning that we work really hard to show this city that we have the fight for it.

"I think there are a lot of people who will look at us after this, especially on the TV, and absorb that game and think that we have a great chance of being relegated. We have to prove them wrong."

Regardless of the division Newcastle are in, Pardew could have a fight on his hands to keep striker Papiss Cisse.

Champions League semi- finalists Borussia Dortmund, set to receive more than £30m from the sales of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, have identified Cisse as a possible replacement.

The Senegalese front-man was prolific for Freiburg, in Germany, before heading to the Premier League 18 months ago.