Fans Are There For The Team - Not YOU Pardew!

Last updated : 31 August 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

sIf he thinks he stil HAS the backing of the fans ... is open to debate.

Newcastle fans will ALWAYS be there - because they back the TEAM, not always the man who picks it!

Mike Ashley has - so far - not backed Pardew in the transfer window, and after last season the former West Ham boss is lucky to have a job!

Alan Pardew: "If I had been asked during the summer what would pre-season be like, I would have suggested not too dissimilar to how it's been.

"We had a tough start in terms of Manchester City away with a new manager, and also you could almost sense that one or two of our players would be involved in this window, so I kind of sensed it was coming.

"But that doesn't mean to say it hasn't been difficult, because it has.

"It has been a very difficult period and if we can get a win on Saturday and get through to Monday with one or two additions, I will be very, very pleased.

"I try to get some sleep when I can.

"But the spirits are always lifted by the fans.

"To walk out at Morecambe and let's be honest, half of it was Newcastle United fans coming to watch it, and if that can't energise you, nothing will.

"Looking at the team, I am really looking to try to help Papiss a little bit more in terms of his service, and it's something we will be working on."