Alan Pardew fears for friends and family as tension grows

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Under-pressure Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is worried that the Toon Army's campaign to get him out of the club is beginning to affect his friends and family.

After winning none of their opening six Premier League games this season, The Magpies are languishing in 19th in the table and many fans regarded their 1-0 defeat at Stoke on Monday night as the final straw.

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The under-pressure manager has been a subject of abuse for much of the season and many fans brought banners calling for Pardew to be sacked from the club.

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However, owner Mike Ashley is being very stubborn on the matter, refusing to give into the supporters' demands. Pardew still has six years of a seven-year contract to run, and Ashley will surely be concerned at the amount of money it would cost him to pay off the remainder of the contract.

While the former West Ham and Southampton manager is used to being targeted, he has begun to be increasingly concerned about the safety of his loved ones. 


The defiant Toon chief told reporters: "My family and friends worry me a little bit, because it’s started going past football media at times.

"That’s not nice. But that makes me more determined and that’s just the make-up that I have. I don’t shy away from it. I’ve been out and about all week."

His statement comes after he encountered 'one or two interactions' with disgruntled supported on Tyneside this week.

Previous experience

But the 53-year-old admits it is all part of the game of football and something he has experienced in the past.

"Yeah, I’ve had one or two interactions where fans have made their point and I’ve got no problem with that, that’s part of being a football manager.

"I’ve also had two or three fans who are wishing me to come through it and I appreciate that as well."

Is it make or break for Pardew now? His side travel to south Wales to face Swansea City tomorrow, with his future in charge of the Magpies very much hanging by a thread.

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