Newcastle will be looking for their first win of the season on Saturday, with the club hosting Leicester City at St James’ Park.
Alan Pardew has come under severe criticism from all corners of the media this season, with just five wins in the 2014 calendar year calling for his dismissal as Magpies head coach.
It has been a surprise to see the 53-year-old remain in charge for the duration of the international break, and complaints have been silenced with no Premier League action, but the crowds will surely be in full force at St James’ Park on Saturday as Leicester travel to the North East looking to improve upon their solid start to the season.
The return of action will fuel increasing pressure on Pardew if he fails to lead the Magpies to victory, and, not only will the three points guarantee him another week as a head coach, but he is confident that it will be the event to catalyse Newcastle’s season - and lead them up the table.
“We have a home game coming up and that’s important for us,” the under-fire coach told Chronicle Live.
“If we can get a win there it will give us the confidence to go forward.”
The game is due to become even harder, with goalkeeper Tim Krul on a race to recovery having suffered ligament damage whilst on international duty, whilst Cheick Tiote and Pappis Cisse may be out of action due to a late return from African Cup of Nations qualifiers that have been ongoing this week.
Three points for the Magpies would lift them out of the relegation places, and fans will be hoping to see the confidence Pardew is talking about rise up in St James’ Park once again.