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Pardew brushes off any threat to his Newcastle job

27 September 2014, 16:57

Newcastle, England — Alan Pardew publicly dismissed concerns about his Newcastle future on Saturday after the owner was quoted as saying the manager could be fired.

Heading into Monday's game at Stoke, Newcastle is bottom of the Premier League without a win after five matches.

"If we lose against Stoke on Monday night then he's gone — I've had enough," Newcastle owner Mike Ashley told The Independent outside a London pub on Thursday night in comments published in Saturday's newspaper.

"I have spent a lot of money on that club. It's cost me a lot. I won't put up with it anymore."

Ashley rarely speaks to the media and Newcastle said the sportswear tycoon was joking with the reporter.

"I've been made aware of his comments in the paper," Pardew told reporters on Saturday. "I've been under pressure at this club for a number of weeks now. All I can focus on now is the team and that's what I'll do.

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"Sometimes things are taken out of context. If it was a sit-down interview done in a serious manner, I'd be a lot more concerned than I am today, that's for sure."

Pardew is the Premier League's second longest-serving manager, having held onto the Newcastle job since 2010 and is under contract until 2020.

"I've spoken to (Ashley) this week — he's obviously very keen for us to get victories," Pardew said.

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