ALAN Pardew’s pleaded with Newcastle United fans to put their unhappiness with him to one side – and give his team a “lift” at St James’s Park.
Supporters chanted for Pardew to be sacked during Monday night’s 3-0 loss to Arsenal.
And beleaguered Newcastle will take on Cardiff City at St James’s Park on Saturday looking to avoid a seventh successive defeat, having already lost a club record six Premier League games in a row.
Angry fans chanted “we want Pardew out” and “Alan Pardew, it’s six in a row” at the Emirates Stadium.
Supporters, however, are yet to turn – en masse – on Pardew at home, and a repeat of those chants at St James’s Park would be damaging for the 52-year-old, who faces an end-of-season grilling from owner Mike Ashley.
There has been talk of a walkout in the 60th minute in protest at Pardew and the direction of the club under Ashley.
But Pardew doesn’t want the negativity off the field to affect his ninth-placed team on the pitch.
“I know the fans are unhappy and disappointed, particularly with myself,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“But we need the stadium in the best possible shape we can have it. The players need a lift.”
Newcastle trailed fourth-placed Arsenal 2-0 at the break at the Emirates Stadium, where Pardew felt his players showed “character” in the second half.
United will face a different kind of test against basement club Cardiff, who knocked Newcastle out of the FA Cup at St James’s Park in January.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need to win to have any chance of staying up.
“If we can show the same kind of character, we’ve got enough quality to win the (Cardiff) game,” said Pardew.
“The one thing I do know is that we’re going to give it a good go, for sure.”