Why Alan Pardew won't be leaving Newcastle United anytime soon

Alan Pardew

The Magpies boss looks set for a long stay at St James' Park.

Newcastle United fans have had their aspirations transformed this summer.

Last term, after a dismal end to an unambitious campaign, there were calls for Mike Ashley to leave, Alan Pardew to leave - and most Newcastle players to sort themselves out.

After a busy transfer window, however, many Magpies fans are now daring to believe again, tipping their side to finish within the top six or better.

And in such a situation, one man comes out the big winner: Pardew.

Following his headbutt on David Meyler last season and a string of bad results, the Newcastle boss was one of the most under-pressure managers in the business. Several summer signings have done his reputation a world of good.

His recent pre-match press conference, meanwhile, told you all you need to know about his long-term future.

"When I signed the new contract, Mike always knew there would be ups and downs for both of us," Pardew told reporters on Friday.

"He stood by me and this feels like an up time for me. He's armed me again, he's stood by me.

"I can always give him an honesty of where we are and he listens - that's why so many players have entered the building. We needed them.

"It's that kind of relationship you can only hope for as a Premier League manager and I'm lucky enough to have it. I hope I can repay him this season."

Indeed, many a manager would have been out the door by now; Tony Pulis didn't even manage to begin the season with chairman Steve Parish before disagreements saw him leave Crystal Palace by mutual consent.

Pardew, though, has his owner's backing. And that means, whatever happens this term, he looks set for a long stay at the Toon.

Barring a total disaster, the 53-year-old actually has one of the safest jobs in the Premier League. It's now time for him to put that to good use and, in his words, 'repay' everyone that has allowed that to be the case.

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