Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Keeping His Cool; Heat's Not on Me Says Toon Boss

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Keeping His Cool; Heat's Not on Me Says Toon Boss

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ALAN PARDEW today laughed off suggestions he is feeling the heat in the Newcastle United hotseat following a tough week in Toon.

Instead, Pardew looked forward to taking the Magpies forward in the next few years - but did hint one of his primary tasks in office was to protect the players he already has at his disposal.

It was Kevin Keegan who said during both of his stints as boss on Tyneside that the reason he walked out was because "it was not like this in the brochure."

Pardew could be forgiven for thinking likewise in what has been a testing week at the club's Benton base dominated by Joey-gate.

When asked if he felt like walking away, Pardew laughed off such talk and seemed focused and as hungry as ever.

He told the Chronicle: "This is a club which unfortunately, because of where we are financially, is vulnerable to the big clubs.

"We need to change that, and I have said in three or four years time, with careful rebuilding and hopefully keeping our younger players, we can do that. Only time will tell."

With work on the transfer front going on behind the scenes, Pardew has again asked fans to judge his team at the end of the summer transfer window.

He added: "This whole preseason will be judged on August 31 - it will not be now, or against Fiorentina, or against Arsenal or Sunderland.

"On August 31 it will be about who has come into the building and how good we are."

Yet Pardew admitted it had not been his most enjoyable period as Toon gaffer.

He said: "I cannot say I have enjoyed this week - there have been too many problems to deal with.

"I have wanted to focus on Fiorentina, but unfortunately a lot of my time has been taken up with Joey and the board and trying to resolve things and make sure we are strong enough for the start of the season.

"We have had a terrible week, this week, mostly caused by Twitter, and that is something we have had to address with the players. …

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