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The end of season turbulence on Tyneside continues with manager Alan Pardew under intense pressure from Magpies fans after six consecutive defeats, but despite calls for the former West Ham and Charlton boss to be replaced, Pardew says he won't be quitting with Saturday's visit of Cardiff City on the horizon.
"No, I won't walk away. I love this job and I am going too fight as long as I can for it. That's what I have always done," he said. "I have been in tricky situations before. This is a situation where I perhaps need to dig deep, and I have got no problem in doing that. I will dig deep on Saturday and make sure I make the right decisions to get us a win."
Pardew's recent tenure at St. James' Park has been eventful, not only because of his infamous headbutt on Hull City midfielder David Meyler, but also for a reported row with winger Hatem Ben Arfa. The Frenchman is expected to leave the club this summer, and has now moved to confirm that there was indeed a bust-up with his boss.
“I don’t know why I no longer play, you should ask him. After the game against Manchester United we had an argument but it ended there. If he does not want me to play then that is fine, but if he wants me I am here. I train and I am fit and want to play. If the coach tells me he does not believe in me then I will remain in order to prove him wrong and regain my place. However, if the president wants to sell me then I will have to leave," said the former Marseille and Lyon star.
Meanwhile, with Pardew hoping to not only keep his job but splash some cash this summer, players are beginning to be linked with move to the club at the end of the season. The latest played to be linked with a switch to the North East is Norwich City winger Robert Snodgrass. With six goals and two assists this term, the Scottish international has been one of the Canaries star players this season and could be eyed up for a move to Tyneside.