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Thursday 14 December 2017

Pardew survives for now but few would want his job

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is set to remain in charge for the foreseeable future despite mounting calls for his dismissal in the wake of his side's dismal start to the Premier League season.

The 53-year-old conceded he faced "serious conversations" with club owner Mike Ashley after Monday's 1-0 defeat at Stoke City left the club one place off the foot of the table with just three points from their first six games.

Some bookmakers suspended betting on Pardew being the next top-flight manager to leave oyesterday morning amid a widespread assumption that Pardew's time was surely up.

However, not only will Pardew remain in charge for Saturday's trip to Swansea and beyond, there are no "crisis" talks planned with Ashley this week.

That does not amount to an unlimited vote of confidence from the club's billionaire owner, but an acknowledgement that not all the problems the team is experiencing on the pitch are down to the manager.

Names such as Steve Bruce, David Moyes and Tony Pulis have been linked with Pardew's position but former midfielder Rob Lee believes Ashley would struggle to find a new boss given the club's current predicament.

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Lee said: "If you change, who are you going to change him (Pardew) for? With Ashley pulling the purse strings what manager is going work for him under the conditions Pardew is working under? Pardew is in a tough position. He's taken a lot of flak for Mike Ashley and he continues to do so.

"There seems to be a policy at the club about the players they buy - they have to be under a certain age and earning a certain amount of money - and, if you do that, you get what you pay for.

"They've got away with it a bit in recent years by going to France, but you can't do it all the time. You need players who have played in the Premier League, which they've not done.

"Who else will work for him (Ashley) under those circumstances? Your hands are tied before you start."

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