Pardew expecting negative reception at St James’ Park

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says he is prepared for a negative reception from supporters at St James’ Park when his side take on Hull City this afternoon, reports BT Sport.

The Toon sit bottom of the Premier League table, and are yet to win a game this season with two draws and two defeats to their name.

Last weekend’s 4-0 humiliation at Southampton was the last straw for many, and calls for Pardew’s departure have since become louder than ever.

And the former West Ham boss says he knows what to expect when he takes his seat in the dugout this afternoon.

“You don’t expect me to wave to the crowd and say, ‘Hi everyone, I’m happy, how are you today?’. That’s not happening.

“But it can also make you stronger – it can make the players stronger too. We have talked about the Cardiff game and coming through that. We knew before that game how much pressure there would be.

“There was more pressure on the players that day than on me. That was the first time I have ever experienced that. As a manager, you have to use your knowledge and resolve to deal with certain situations.

“I had some really testing times last season, as we know. It’s about being a manager who can control certain situations.”