Alan Pardew greets Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.
Under-pressure Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew admits he is not surprised to see other men linked with his job after a disastrous run of results.
The speculation over Pardew’s future has intensified following five consecutive Premier League defeats and David Moyes was installed as the bookmakers’ favorite to succeed the 52-year-old at St James’ Park following his departure from Manchester United this week.
Sources on Tyneside have also had to quell speculation that Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis was being lined up for an imminent vacancy.
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"When you lose five games in the Premier League, if you can’t accept that there’s going to be some speculation about your job, then you are not being realistic," said Pardew.
"I have to be realistic, but what I won’t do is focus away from what I do. I have worked really hard this week with the team and really focused on the team to make sure we put a performance in at Arsenal that we can be proud of.