‘The players always believed in him,’ says former Newcastle legend

Former Newcastle man Warren Barton has claimed that Magpies boss Alan Pardew was never in any danger of losing the support of the dressing room, despite their disastrous start to the season.

Although the North East club emerged from their first seven Premier League fixtures without a win – which led to widespread calls for Pardew’s sacking – they have since gone on a four-match winning spree, the most recent victory coming in Saturday’s game against Liverpool at St James’s Park.

Speaking to TalkSport, Barton is convinced that the players were always behind their manager..

“Even in their hardest moments, like Stoke away, when the pressure was really on, there was still that effort and commitment,” he said.

“I don’t think the players will turn their back on him [Alan Pardew], he took a lot of them there. They believed in what he was trying to do.”

Newcastle victory of Manchester City in the League Cup on Wednesday saw them progress to the quarter finals of the competition, while the Saturday lunchtime defeat of Liverpool means they are now 11th in the Premier League table with 13 points, one behind the Reds.