Pardew on his way out
By Mark Smith
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has admitted he has concerns over his future on Tyneside.
After a run that has seen them lose seven of their last nine games, including five home defeats in a row, fans of the Magpies have started to turn on the former West Ham and Charlton boss.
But earlier in the week Newcastle's hierarchy strongly disagreed with claims that Pardew was one game away from the sack.
In a press conference this week at the clubs training ground, Pardew conceded that he would be a fool to not be in fear of losing his job after the clubs worst home run in 25 years.
If Newcastle lose to Aston Villa in the Premier League clash tomorrow at St James' Park, it will take the home run without a win to six games and Pardew would come under even more pressure.
After the defeat to Tottenham, Pardew revealed in the press conference that he had started to adopt a tougher policy on the players in training and meetings.
He admitted that he hasn't spoken to owner Mike Ashley since they were beaten comprehensively by Spurs 4-0: "When you lose five home games at home in a row at Newcastle you're under pressure."
Pardew ruffled a few feathers in the dressing room after the Tottenham game when he arranged extra training sessions and cancelled days off.
On a positive note for Newcastle, striker Loic Remy will return to the fray after serving his three match ban for his red card at Norwich, and Cheick Tiote may be a possibility to return to the starting lineup.