Wednesday 24 April 2019

Pardew defiant despite crisis

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is remaining defiant as he attempts to head off a fresh crisis.

The 53-year-old (right) survived in his job last season despite a touchline bust-up with Hull midfielder David Meyler and a dreadful end to the campaign during which he was booed by his own club's fans.

But the knives are out for the Londoner once again after a transfer window which saw plenty of incoming activity, but Mathieu Debuchy follow France colleague Yohan Cabaye through the exit and fans' favourite Hatem Ben Arfa sent out on loan.

A poll of more than 5,000 supporters carried out by the city's evening newspaper, the Evening Chronicle, which gave him an 85 per cent disapproval rating. However, Pardew said: "I think we're good enough this year and I think our results will reflect that."

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