Premier League - Pardew future in doubt after 'unprecedented hostility'

Alan Pardew admitted Newcastle fans deserve better than the club's dismal run of form this year after the Magpies suffered their sixth consecutive league defeat in a 3-0 loss at Arsenal.

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Newcastle United fans hold a banner in the stands which reads 'Pardew Out'

WHAT HAPPENED

Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil both found the net from close range in the first half before Olivier Giroud headed home a third after the break to complete a comfortable victory for the Gunners.

The defeat at the Emirates Stadium continues a miserable period for Newcastle, that has seen the club lose 12 of their 17 league matches in 2014.

Newcastle's travelling support were openly critical of Pardew and the club's owners throughout the game with one chant suggesting they would celebrate if the Magpies boss was sacked.

"It's six (defeats) in a row, Alan Pardew, it's six in a row," they also sung, referencing their current losing streak.

"They're frustrated," Pardew said after the match. "We had 2,000 fans here tonight, they made the long, long trip and although we were playing a good team they expect us to win.

"They've seen us lose again and they're not happy and I respect that. All I can do as a manager is make sure I do this job to the best of my ability - we've been top 10 all year and this recent run is not something I'm hiding from.

"We've got the best fans in the world. We should have performed better in this run and we have to finish in the top 10."

EUROSPORT'S VIEW

Newcastle fans are right to feel mutinous: the club's form in the second half of the season under Pardew has been dreadful. Last night's display against Arsenal was particularly insipid and while the loss of Yohan Cabaye in January was a big blow to shoulder, nothing can excuse the awful nature of their performances. They look a team sleepwalking towards a parting with their manager - but would you trust Mike Ashley to appoint the right replacement? Joe Kinnear is probably sitting by the phone, waiting for a call.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

A home game against Cardiff at the weekend really does look like being a decisive one when it comes to Pardew's future. Assuming Newcastle lose at Liverpool on the final day - and there is no reason to think they will do anything else - the fixture against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side is the only opportunity to prevent their season ending with eight consecutive losses - a scenario which would likely see them lose their top-10 spot, and surely bring an end to Pardew's topsy-turvy reign.

WHAT THE MEDIA SAID

Sam Wallace (The Independent): Alan Pardew was back where he believes he belongs tonight, out of the stands and back in the technical area, although for how long he stays there is by no means certain after the Newcastle United fans turned on their manager with unprecedented hostility. There was a smile and a handshake for Arsene Wenger at the start of the game and, quite frankly, it was downhill from there on a brutal night for Pardew. As Arsenal cruised to a victory that was never in doubt, you could take your pick from the series of scathing chants directed by the away support at their manager, including the poignantly sarcastic, "Oh, Alan Pardew, it’s never your fault”. The fault for Newcastle’s remarkable decline on this, his return from a seven-game touchline ban for head-butting David Meyler, and his club’s sixth defeat in a row, is an interesting question. The owner Mike Ashley would appear barely to listen to the protests any longer and having sold their best player, Yohan Cabaye, in the January transfer window the fury of the Newcastle support is firmly focussed on Pardew.

Henry Winter (The Telegraph): Newcastle did little to impress their loyal 2,000 travelling fans here. But for Tim Krul in goal the scoreline would have brought even more anguish. Newcastle fans held up banners saying "Pardew Out” and "Next Excuse Pardew?” They voiced their dissatisfaction, and many expressed their desire for Pardew for leave after a sixth defeat on the spin and only 10 Premier League goals in 2014. "It’s six in a row, it’s six in a row, Alan Pardew, it’s six in a row” chanted the Newcastle fans, noting their worst run in the top flight since 1986-1987 under Willie McFaul. At least back then Newcastle supporters had the thrilling talent of Paul Gascoigne. Newcastle fans showed their defiance in different ways, some removing their shirts, others chanting "you’re nothing special, Tottenham scored four” and that was at St James’ Park. Yet there were plenty of special touches from Arsenal.

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WHAT THE FANS SAY

Ragan (Eurosport-Yahoo user): As I've said along for the good of a big club like NFC, they should have sacked Pardew much earlier before he brings the club down. Maybe as a token, let him take charge of the Youth team to instill some vigour and fight in them, like what he possesses.

keithyeoh (Eurosport mobile user): fat mike, is time to make up your tiny mind.. sacked pardew, dont keep a salted fish in the fridge.. damnit

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