Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toon Boss Reveals His Feelings about Online Campaign to Oust Him from the Job at Newcastle Helm

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toon Boss Reveals His Feelings about Online Campaign to Oust Him from the Job at Newcastle Helm

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Byline: Neil Cameron Sports writer twitter: @NeilCameron5

ALAN PARDEW has spoken for the first time about the organised campaign that wanted him out of the club earlier this season.

He described the protest by the SackPardew.com website as the most difficult time of his Newcastle United career.

Pardew, in an interview with the London Evening Standard, was clearly hurt by the grim situation he found himself in, a situation he has fought his way out of after five successive wins.

He said: "I have never been into the website. When the website started, somebody said to me it was quite an organised website. It wasn't like a nineyear-old on the computer sort of saying, 'I don't like Pardew'. It was much more serious than that. You just have to stay with your philosophy, believe what you do is right."

Asked directly whether he felt there was any chance of Mike Ashley sacking him at that time, Pardew admitted that he simple didn't know for sure.

He said: "I would never know if there was. There was enough in the background that I had done at the club that made the owner stick with me.

"He made me feel confident. I was confident going into the next period of games when we managed to turn it round.

"It's certainly been the most difficult time for me in Newcastle. The back end of last season spilled over into this season when we sold Yohan Cabaye and did not have a replacement. We were a bit unlucky at the start. Against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, we should have won but we lost. It looked to our fans that we were in reverse.

"So it was tough.

Some of the personal jibes were hurtful. You can't disguise that. But you have to be resilient, particularly as a Premier League manager. You have to ride the storms.

"I've had a few setbacks in my career and not just in Newcastle. In the Championship at West Ham, we really had some tough days. I remember losing to Tony Pulis's Stoke and being run off the park at Wigan.

"Against Millwall, I lost 4-0. Can you imagine the West Ham manager losing 4-0 to Millwall and surviving? That steeled me for what's happened in Newcastle. …

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