Newcastle must back under-fire stopper, says club hero

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given believes that Magpies fans should unite behind Alan Pardew for the good of the club.

The calls for the manager to be relieved of his duties have intensified since last night’s loss against Stoke, which leaves the Tynesiders 19th after six games – with only Burnley’s worse goal difference keeping them from the foot of the Premier League table.

With just five wins in 2014, Pardew has been under pressure for some time, with vast sections of the club’s supporters wanting change.

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The likes of David Moyes, Steve Bruce and Tony Pulis have been linked with the job, but reports suggest that the current chief’s position is safe for now.

And Given feels that, although frustrated, the fans have to back the Newcastle boss for things to turn around:

“They are very restless. Both home and away the fans have got the banners out [calling for Pardew to go] and it is very difficult for the team and manager to perform with that sort of pressure.” He told talkSPORT.

“It is obviously because the results haven’t been good and they are demanding somebody gets sacked, but it is not always the answer.

“Alan Pardew has signed a long contract and Mike Ashlkey has got a lot of faith in him, so I’m not sure it is the answer to get rid of him.

“It is difficult at the minute but, if they get a couple of wins under their belt, they can turn it around quickly.

“If they can just get that first win, they can push on. You feel for the manager, because it is not only his fault. The players have got to take responsibility, not just one person should be to blame.”

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