ASH­LEY STILL RE­LUC­TANT TO BOOT OUT HIS MAN­AGER

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JA­SON MEL­LOR

ALAN PARDEW has been handed a twogame stay of ex­e­cu­tion as he bat­tles to keep his job.

New­cas­tle’s un­der-pres­sure boss has been given time to turn things around as the Ge­ordies en­dure their worst start to a sea­son for 11 years.

Pardew is set for talks this week with owner Mike Ash­ley, but the man­ager’s fu­ture ISN’T thought to be in im­mi­nent dan­ger, even with David Moyes wait­ing in the wings.

Toon are only off the bot­tom of the Premier League thanks to goals scored after a win­less start took its lat­est turn for the worse with de­feat at Stoke in front of the club’s watch­ing bil­lion­aire owner.

The Toon Army are bay­ing for blood, but strong-willed Ash­ley will once again show that he doesn’t bow to pres­sure and will stand by his man – for the time be­ing at least.

Pardew has been told to take the team as nor­mal for Satur­day’s tough Premier League trip to Swansea, where they will look to pick up three points for the first time in seven at­tempts this cam­paign.

Even if they slump to another de­feat at the Lib­erty Sta­dium, the club hi­er­ar­chy ex­pect Pardew to be in charge for the visit of Le­ices­ter on Oc­to­ber 18.

Rest­less

Toon legend Shay Given in­sists Pardew re­mains the right man for the job, de­spite the clam­our for him to go.

And the ex-Repub­lic of Ire­land keeper in­sists the play­ers must shoul­der their share of the blame for the slump.

“The fans are rest­less and call­ing for Pardew to go,” he said.

“But it’s very dif­fi­cult for the team and boss to per­form un­der that sort of pres­sure.

“The re­sults ob­vi­ously haven’t been good, but get­ting some­one sacked isn’t al­ways the an­swer.

“Pardew has signed a long con­tract and Mike Ash­ley has got a lot of faith in him, so I’m not sure they should just get rid of him.

“It’s dif­fi­cult at the minute but if they get a cou­ple of wins un­der their belt, they can turn things around quickly.

“If they can just get that first win, they can push on.

“You do feel for the man­ager be­cause it’s not only his fault – the play­ers have got to take re­spon­si­bil­ity too.”

Pardew is de­ter­mined to turn things around but seems pow­er­less to halt a dis­as­trous run of form this cal­en­dar year.

New­cas­tle have won just one of their last 14 league games, with only five wins in the whole of 2014 to put his near four-year reign un­der se­ri­ous threat.

Ash­ley handed Pardew a bumper eight-year con­tract in 2012 and has so far re­fused to bow to mount­ing calls for ac­tion from sup­port­ers.

The Sports Di­rect founder has stayed loyal to the 53-year-old – and in any case, is also un­will­ing to fork out a seven-fig­ure sum to part company with the for­mer West Ham boss.

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