Newcastle United have announced that Alan Pardew will stay on as the club’s manager.
Club officials at a fan forum told attendees that Pardew would remain the manager and that incorrect media reports which claimed Newcastle United had contacted other individuals about the manager position were being dealt with by the club’s legal team.
Owner Mike Ashley, never one to bow to fan pressure, will ignore growing unrest at the Tyneside club and resist calls to sack Pardew, who signed an eight year contract in September 2012.
It’s understood that Pardew’s position isn’t being reviewed as he took the Magpies to a top ten finish, which was the minimum target for the season. Ashley and Pardew are meeting for talks soon, but only to finalise their plans for the summer transfer window.
Newcastle started the season well, reaching 5th position in November before sliding back down the table since then, including one horrific run of 14 defeats in 18 games.
Some fans blame the decline on the sale of Yohan Cabaye and the failure to replace the French international.
The campaign to replace him has gained a lot of traction in the North-East with large sections of the crowd chanting for his firing during Newcastle’s last game of the season, and multiple front-pages in the local evening newspaper calling for his head.