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Newcastle's season ended in miserable fashion, losing 2-1 at Liverpool to finish up with six defeats in the final seven games, and many Magpies fans had been hoping and even campaigning for the sacking of manager Alan Pardew as Newcastle endured a shocking second half of the season.
But today they have received the news they were dreading to hear - Pardew is staying at St. James' Park for the foreseeable future. Club officials confirmed the news at the latest fan's forum, with the addition that the 52-year-old is also making plans for next season, with a squad overhaul anticipated this summer.
Earlier today, Pardew spoke of his relationship with Magpies owner Mike Ashley, suggesting that he isn't as aggressive as people think he is, and that they will discuss the plans for the summer in a calm manner. Pardew also said it's important for Ashley to realise the issues that he has been working under this season in order to move forward.
"I think it's important he understands some of the problems I have had. We can talk through some things I think need to improve. Although he has a reputation of being aggressive, he's a better listener. That's why he has had such great success," said Pardew.
"He doesn't really say much. He listens and comes back to me, sometimes 48 hours after, and draws some conclusions from what I have said. It's not like there's too much hollering and shouting, it's more a case for Mike to listen to the problems I have had. Then he reflects on the budget and everything else to see how he can help me," added Pardew.
Meanwhile, it was reported this morning that Ashley has cooled his interest in signing striker Loic Remy on a permanent basis. The Frenchman has been on a season-long loan from QPR, and has impressed on Tyneside, finishing the season as the club's top scorer. But his impressive displays for Newcastle have triggered interest from the likes of Arsenal and Everton, and with the price seemingly going up and up, Ashley believes it's time to step out of the race.