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Alan Pardew WON’T be sacked by Mike Ashley

BACKING ... Mike Ashley.

BACKING ... Mike Ashley.

  • by MILES STARFORTH
 

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 2-1 defeat to Liverpool yesterday.

Travelling supporters again chanted against Newcastle 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’s 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 told the Gazette. “I have to come back better – hopefully at this football club.

“The most important thing is recruitment now.

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

Newcastle were among the teams challenging for a European place in the first half of the season, but the club fell away after the turn of the year, and the absence of midfielder Yohan Cabaye after his January sale was keenly felt.

“I don’t think anyone can really moan about our first half of the season, apart from our defeat at Cardiff,” said Pardew.

“Since then, there have been plenty of reasons to moan, and we’ve got to be better than that.”

The result was not enough for Liverpool, who ended the campaign as the Premier League runners-up after Manchester City beat West Ham United 2-0 to win the title for the second time in three years.

Rodgers said: “Congratulations to Manchester City.

“My overriding feeling at the moment is one of sheer pride for the players. We have finished the season winning 12 games out of 14, drew one and lost one.

“We have just finished short, but we’ll be back. The goal is to try to win the title next year.”

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