Support 'great manager' Pardew, urges Newcastle legend

Alan Pardew

Peter Beardsley has urged the Newcastle fans to back under-fire manager Alan Pardew.

Pardew has come under criticism from all sections of the Magpies’ faithful, with calls for his dismissal ringing around St James’ Park every matchday.

He has yet to register a victory this season, and the North East-based side sit in the relegation places, only remaining off the bottom of the Premier League table on goal difference.

They face Leicester City this weekend, and if three points were picked up at home, they would become the first Premier League victory enjoyed by the Magpies in over five months - with the 3-0 victory over now-relegated Cardiff City in May being the last registered win.

But whilst the future is looking bleak for the Toon, former Newcastle and England forward Peter Beardsley - who came close to the Premier League title in 1996 - has asked the fans to back the playing and management staff, with only positive words for Pardew and club owner Mike Ashley.

He told Chronicle Live: “We have a great owner and a great manager.

“So I don’t know what the panic is. I understand it, I get that.

“But when I look at the job the manager has done, he’s done a great job. And I think we should just let him get on with it.”

Despite having won just five Premier League games in the 2014 calendar year, a win at the weekend would lift the Magpies out of the relegation places, and Beardsley is keen for the pressure to be taken off the squad in the run up to the fixture.

He added: “At the end of the day we are one win away from getting out of the bottom three.

“I understand what people are like. But they shouldn’t worry.”

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