Business as usual for Pardew
Alan Pardew insists he relishes the challenge of managing Newcastle United following another turbulent week.
Last Updated: 26/08/11 4:22pm
Alan Pardew insists he relishes the challenge of managing Newcastle United following another turbulent week in the club's history.
The 50-year-old was last week facing a derby clash with arch-rivals Sunderland he could not afford to lose amid brewing unrest over the club's transfer policy.
However, Newcastle emerged from their trip to the Stadium of Light with a 1-0 victory and the bragging rights as the cloud hanging over St James' Park was dispelled.
But four days later, fans were aghast to hear that Joey Barton was in talks with promoted QPR, with the influential midfielder having since agreed terms with the London outfit.
Charlton's formal complaint to the Football League over the North East club's pursuit of keeper Rob Elliot followed, but Pardew admits it is business as usual ahead of Fulham's visit on Sunday.
"It's the same every week here. I just look forward to the training ground and the matches, and everything else is tough. But I love it," he said.
"Obviously, we are in a period now when fans are looking for the board to bring in players to replace the ones we have lost, as I am.
"My job is to put pressure on the board for the fans to try to get these guys over the line, and that's what I am trying to do."
The Magpies are reportedly edging closer to a deal to bring PSV Eindhoven full-back Erik Pieters to St James' Park, although Pardew was giving little away.
He said: "My job is to put in front of the board here three to four options I think will take the club forward, and I have done that.
"Now it's a matter for the people who do the finance here to get them over the line, and I'm not involved in that."
Meanwhile, Pardew saluted teenager Sammy Ameobi, brother of Newcastle stalwart Shola, after seeing him fire the Magpies to victory over Scunthorpe at Glanford Park with a stunning individual effort in extra time on Thursday.
He said: "With the ability he has, he is going to be a big player for us. We are really, really happy for him. He's a smashing lad and everybody in Newcastle should be proud of him today."