ABOVE: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is now under pressure
I’m staying to take the club up the league
ALAN PARDEW believes he has the backing of Newcastle supporters in his power battle with Joe Kinnear.
Pardew feels the fans will help him emerge from the latest crisis to rock the club in a more powerful position.
The Toon boss is adamant he can weather the storm caused by Kinnear’s appointment as director of football – even though close ally Derek Llambias quit the club yesterday.
Pardew is stunned by developments at St James’ Park, which have left him isolated in the club hierarchy.
He has no intention of walking out on his eight-year contract, despite having some of his duties handed over to Kinnear.
Pards feels Toon fans will support him in any power struggle with owner Mike Ashley and the new man, who’s been left in no doubt he’s not wanted by the Geordie public.
Thousands of fans called for Pardew to be sacked at the end of last season as Newcastle plummeted from fifth to 16th.
Now they are behind him, aware that if he leaves Ashley would probably turn to Kinnear – as he did five years ago when Kevin Keegan quit.
Pardew’s only comment since Kinnear’s return was: “I’m staying to take the club up the league.”
But the departure of Llambias leaves Pardew without a natural ally in the boardroom.
He decided to quit hours after the club issued a statement confirming Kinnear’s arrival. In that time he was told policy decisions which meant the club are heading in a different direction to what he had envisaged.