Alan Pardew claims he is going about his business in the usual way ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Swansea on Saturday, despite the growing calls for him to be sacked following the club’s poor start to the season.
The 53-year-old’s future at St James’ Park was thrust into major doubt after the side lost 1-0 at Stoke on Monday to leave them second-bottom in the Premier League with three points from their opening six matches.
In the build up to the match, owner Mike Ashley made a tongue-in-cheek threat to sack Pardew if he lost at the Britannia Stadium, but he has failed to follow up the threat.
However, sections of the club’s support have made their feelings known and Pardew knows a defeat at the Liberty Stadium this weekend will only increase the calls for his head from the stands.
Despite the poor record this term and the fact Newcastle have only won five games in 2014, Pardew has reiterated that he will not walk away from the job and he is determined to put things right on the pitch as he admits the debate over his future is also affecting his family.
He said: ‘It’s not something that I’m used to, in the past two or three weeks. I’m going about my business as I normally do.
“My family and friends worry me a little bit, because it’s started going past football media a little bit at times. That’s not nice.
“But that makes me more determined and that’s just the make-up that I have. I don’t shy away from it. I’ve been out and about all week. I’ve been out in town and I will continue to do that.”
Newcastle can be backed at 4.21 to go to Swansea and secure their first win of the season to ease the pressure on Pardew. The Swans are 1.86 and the draw is 3.39.