The 52-year-old was left in little doubt as to what large sections of the club’s support think of him despite guiding the team to a first Barclays Premier League victory in seven attempts on Saturday with a 3-0 home win over Cardiff — a result that sent the Welsh side down. The triumph ended a demoralising run of sixconsecutive defeats.
However, Pardew, who was booed by some spectators every time he left the dug-out, remains focussed only on addressing the deficiencies which have seen Newcastle slip from top-six contenders to mid-table also-rans.
He said: “We were nervous a little bit because we haven’t won, obviously, and we were protecting ourselves to a degree. But we did the job and that was important, and hopefully we can show our fans in the summer, as much as in the last game, that we are going to be stronger next year.”
Shola Ameobi, who is out of contract at the end of the season, gave his side the lead with what could be his last ever goal for the club at St James’ Park, a header from Moussa Sissoko’s 18th-minute cross.
t was not until Loic Remy turned Cheick Tiote’s deflected 87th-minute effort past David Marshall that the win was secure. Sub Steven Taylor made sure with a third in injury time.
Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club’s website: “Relegation is the lowest point in my career and we are all hurting. But we have to look forward. Financially, this is a club with a lot going for it. We have an owner who wants to be successful and part of the job is to try and keep as many of the very good players we have together to move forward.”
NEWCASTLE: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett (Haidara 46), Sissoko, Tiote, Anita (Steven Taylor 79), Gouffran (Gosling 70), Remy, Shola Ameobi.
CARDIFF: Marshall, Da Silva (Eikrem 86), Caulker, Turner, John, Zaha, Mutch, Whittingham, Kim (Bellamy 46),Gunnarsson, Campbell (Jones 73).
Referee: Martin Atkinson.