Former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey says he would be disappointed to see Alan Pardew leave the club, and believes that the beleaguered boss has, overall, done a good job since his appointment in December 2010.
Newcastle sit 19th in the Premier League table at present, having taken just three points from their opening six games, with Monday night’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke City further increasing the calls for Pardew to be sacked.
Howey can understand the fans’ growing frustrations but, after witnessing the 53-year-old guide the club to a fifth-place finish in the 2011-12 season, insists that he deserves their backing while still at the helm.
‘I’m one of these that think it is wrong to be asking for people to lose their jobs. At the moment Alan Pardew is the manager and we have to try and back him as best we can,’ he told TalkSport.
‘I can totally understand the fans’ frustrations but, at the same time, if there is no news that comes out of Newcastle and Alan Pardew is still the manager, I feel as though, as fans, you should support the team.
‘The results for a long time haven’t been fantastic and it is a results-based business, but I would be disappointed to see him leave because I think, overall, he has done quite well.’
While the latest reports state that Pardew’s job is safe for now, Howey accepts, however, that if results don’t turn around soon then supporter unrest will leave owner Mike Ashley with no choice but to act.
‘If the fans are making their feelings known, then the chairman will probably eventually listen,’ he said.
‘The chairman might decide it will be better for a change because six, seven games are gone and they still haven’t got a win and sooner or later you are too far down the line and you are looking at one of those amazing escapes again.’