NOT WORRIED

Despite flirting with a relegation only a few weeks ago, the Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said that he did not worry about losing his job for one moment. It was only a few weeks ago that Newcastle were closer to the relegation zone after a run of poor results. The manager himself admitted that the club will be relegated if they do not bring in a few signings in January. The board listen to his advice and brought him at least five first-team players during the January transfer window. They have made an instant impact on the team after they have managed two successive victories in the league.

Even more surprising is the fact that one of them came against the European champions Chelsea. As a result, the criticism from the supporters after the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Reading have quickly been forgotten. The manager Pardew, who guided the team to an impressive fifth-place finish last season, has said that he did not think about losing his job for a minute. Meanwhile, the sporting director Derek Llambias has praised Pardew for the work he has done on bringing the five players, while also stressing the importance of stability at the club. Stability has been lacking at Newcastle for the last decade or so.

“It’s rare in football to have the position that even with the results I’ve had, the message from upstairs was that I was going to be retained as manager. Perhaps our fans weren’t quite as happy about that at the time, but I have to try and reward the club for the backing the gave me now. So far, we’ve got two great results and we have to build on that. It’s been a difficult season for us,” said Pardew, whose team will face Tottenham this weekend.

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