Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I'll Fight with All I've Got to Keep My Job - Pardew; Black Cats' Future Is Up in Air - Midfielder

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

I'll Fight with All I've Got to Keep My Job - Pardew; Black Cats' Future Is Up in Air - Midfielder

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Byline: Mark Douglas

ALAN Pardew is facing the sharpest scrutiny from Mike Ashley since he became Newcastle United manager but he has pledged to fight to retain "one of the biggest jobs in football".

Tomorrow is a pivotal day for the manager, who is trying to convince supporters not to train their anger on him and the team at St James' Park after a sapping run of six straight defeats.

Although the club are prepared to refresh the squad to ensure no repeat of this string of losses, the manager cuts an increasingly embattled figure. He is fighting on several fronts: attempting to justify the run to frustrated fans and also win round some of his dressing room.

He desperately needs a performance of more substance than in recent weeks from his players. He has had no reassurances and is far from bullet-proof - with all eyes now on the club's owner.

The Journal understands that Ashley does not plan to attend the Cardiff fixture, which will probably have little bearing on Newcastle's final league position but will be notable for how the supporters respond to the manager.

In a passionate defence of his right to continue to do his job, Pardew has pledged to show he is "strong enough" to emerge from this severe bout of turbulence.

Asked whether he thought he could survive, he said: "Yes, I do. The personality you need to be a manager is you need to be very strong-willed.

"You have to show a resolve to your wife and your daughter that you are strong enough to deal with it, let down a lot of people will lose their jobs. Everything goes down, the attendances, the kids won't enjoy their football as much and look forward to games as much. Everyone wants to see the big names.

"I just know from my relationship with Boro how my cousins and family talk about football. It is not the same as the people her do. There is not the buzz around if you go down. We have got an opportunity now to survive this. It would be massive. The lads realise those consequences. …

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