Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes he has the backing of Mike Ashley
Alan Pardew admits that his future is not in his own hands after Newcastle's worst home defeat in nearly a century.
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Last Updated: 29/04/13 10:37am
Liverpool claimed a 6-0 win at St James' Park - the worst result seen on Tyneside for 88 years, that followed on from their biggest derby defeat in a generation against Sunderland earlier in the month.
Newcastle are still not mathematically safe, as they are now destined for a bottom-five finish just 12 months after finishing in the top five.
Whilst Pardew insists he has no issue with the fans giving him stick, he admits that his future can only be decided by owner Mike Ashley - with some reports claiming that his position is in some doubt.
Asked about his future he said: "Well that's out of my hands.
"Until I'm told otherwise, my job is to lift the team and make it as good as I can."
Asked if he expected Ashley - who gave him an eight-year deal in September last year - to back him, he added: "I hope so, yes.
"That is probably the heaviest defeat I have had as a manager and for me there were a lot of things that I saw which I didn't like.
"I am angry but I have to channel that anger in the right way. I will make sure we put it right. And that started straight after the game in that dressing room. That is the key.
"The players are very much aware of the situation that we are in and I don't think they need a lot of telling.
"We need to make sure when we start on Monday morning that we work really hard to show this city that we have the fight for it.
"I think there are a lot of people who will look at us after tonight, especially on the TV and absorb that game, and think that we have a great chance of being relegated.
"We have to prove them wrong."
Pardew also down played fears that a language barrier could be an issue in the squad, given the amount of French-speaking players in the changing room.
"I don't think the language barrier is so much of a problem as the lack of experience in certain scenarios," said Pardew.
"A lot of those players will never have been beaten 3-0 at home, never mind 6 0. I think that showed; we became ragged, some of our play was naive and disorganised."