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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Monk: It's unfair to add to Pardew's troubles

Alan Pardew is confident he can turn Newcastle's season around
Alan Pardew is confident he can turn Newcastle's season around

Swansea manager Garry Monk has accused television of adding to Alan Pardew's misery at Stoke on Monday night, claiming there was an agenda against the under-fire Newcastle boss.

Pardew will be in the spotlight at Swansea again tomorrow with Newcastle one place off the bottom of the Premier League and his job said to be still very much in the balance.

The Newcastle manager's job prospects looked bleak after Monday's 1-0 defeat to the Potters, but Pardew remains in charge for the trip to south Wales and Swansea counterpart Monk admitted he felt sympathy for him while watching the game on television at home.

"I don't like seeing the agenda in the televised game at Stoke the other night," Monk said.

"Every time there was a bad mistake or some sort of attack against Newcastle they'd pan to the manager and the chairman.

"It was a bit of a farce for me and I thought there was an agenda behind it. But Alan's an experienced manager, he's in a difficult moment and he's been through the mill but he's a very good manager.

"I know it's the first time he's been through this sort of thing but I think they'll be fine.

"He's got a very talented squad of players and it's a case of pulling together as quickly as possible and move on.

"You have sympathy with all managers in those situations.

"But with the players they have they'll fight and scrap for every point and I think they'll do well this season."

Swansea were boosted by Jonjo Shelvey being called into the England squad for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia, the 22-year-old midfielder having won his solitary cap two years ago while he was a Liverpool player.

Shelvey's inclusion marks the first time that a player has been named in an England squad while representing Swansea, and Monk said it was a huge boost for the club.

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