Newcastle latest: Pardew's job reportedly safe - for now...

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The soap opera at St. James' Park continues as speculation grows over the future of Newcastle boss Alan Pardew. The Magpies slumped to yet another defeat at weekend against Stoke City, following on from 3-0, 4-0 and 4-0 defeats to Everton, Southampton and Manchester United respectively.

With the entire team looking incredible goal shy, fans are beginning to pile the pressure on Pardew, but local press are adamant that owner Mike Ashley will not make any rash decisions over the future of the former West Ham United boss, and that Pardew could keep his job if he manages to secure a top-10 finish for the club this season.

Many have had their say on the current drama at the club, and former goalkeeper Steve Harper says the club has been full of controversy for far too long, and that manager Pardew made a bad decision in trying to attack the local media on Tyneside during this terrible period for the club.

"Newcastle has been the Premier League soap opera for too long, and having spent over half of my life there, it means a lot to me as well. It has been a strange old season there, for them to be ninth in the league, but the atmosphere still to be so bad because of the recent form," he said.

“On Saturday, Pardew seems to have picked a fight with the local media, which can be pretty powerful up here as well. It doesn’t look good for the manager at the moment," Harper added.

Meanwhile, Pardew still needs to make plans for the summer regardless of his future, and Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu was a reported target for the club, but new speculation suggests that Liverpool have now jumped to the front of the queue. The news is likely to serve as yet another blow to Pardew, who is in dire need of some good news at this stage.

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