Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Under-Fire Chief Pardew Will Not Walk out of Toon; FOOTBALL

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Under-Fire Chief Pardew Will Not Walk out of Toon; FOOTBALL

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NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew will not walk away from his job despite a growing chorus of disapproval.

The 52-year-old heads into tomorrow's penultimate Barclays Premier League clash with relegation-haunted Cardiff under intense pressure after a run of six successive defeats.

However, owner Mike Ashley is understood to be in no rush to act and Pardew himself has no intention of turning his back on the challenge he took up in December 2010.

He said: "I won't walk away. I love this job and I am going to fight as long as I can for it.

"I have been in tricky situations before. This is a situation where I perhaps need to dig deep, and I have got no problem in doing that.

"I will dig deep on Saturday and make sure I make the right decisions to get us a win."

The pressure on Pardew is not so much a result of the club's league position - they will run out against the Bluebirds sitting in ninth place in the table and on target for a top-half finish 12 months after flirting with relegation until the final throes of the campaign.

Its roots lie in the fact that the Magpies were sixth on Boxing Day and being touted as potential top-four challengers, since when they have collected only 13 points from 18 games.

Yohan Cabaye's January departure for Paris St Germain, coupled with Ashley's decision not to replace him, ripped the creative heart out of Pardew's team, but the response since has been limp.

As a result, the manager has been the focal point for the tide of criticism, but he is ready to take it on the chin.

"Everybody worries about their job to a degree. But in this job you have to be cast in iron because if you start doubting yourself, then you are going to pass that on to the players."

Pardew has faced banners calling for him to go at each of the club's last two away games, and he admits that has not been easy. …

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