The 53-year-old has been strongly linked with the vacant post at Selhurst Park following the sacking of Neil Warnock.
The Newcastle manager turned down an opportunity to distance himself from the job, refusing to speak to reporters after his side stemmed a four-game losing streak with a narrow victory over Everton.
His assistant John Carver was prevented from answering questions about the future of Pardew, who recently celebrated four years in charge at St James’ Park. He has more than five years left on his current deal, having recently signed a contract extension to 2020. However, he enjoys an uneasy relationship with Newcastle supporters, who mounted a campaign calling for his dismissal earlier this season before a six-game winning run helped to silence dissenters.
His post-match no-show took the attention away from a much needed victory, one not achieved without controversy as Roberto Martinez insisted Papiss Cisse should have been sent off before canceling out Arouna Kone’s early goal for the visitors.
Seamus Coleman felt the full force of Cisse’s elbow, a first-half incident that went unseen and unpunished by the officials. The Senegal forward is likely to face trial by video for the way he caught the Everton defender in the throat at a Newcastle set-piece.
“He’s very fortunate he stayed on the pitch,” insisted Martinez, in the wake of a fifth defeat in seven games. The Everton manager added: “It’s unacceptable to see an action like that. It’s a clear elbow to try to hurt someone.
“I don’t want to see players sent off but that’s unacceptable from Cisse. It shouldn’t be allowed. He elbowed a fellow professional and that should have been a red card. There’s no intention to hide it. He acts in a manner that’s hard to justify then he scores the equaliser and the game changes completely.”
Carver pleaded ignorance of the incident. “All I saw was Seamus Coleman lying on the floor,” he said. “I’ve not had chance to see the TV since but it’s obviously been mentioned so we’ll look at it.”
Martinez stressed that Cisse remaining in situ was not the reason behind a third consecutive defeat for his patched-up side, but had Newcastle been forced to play for an hour with a numerical disadvantage, an altogether different outcome would have been more than likely.
As it was, the forward swept home his fifth goal in six games from close range after Mike Williamson pulled back a Cheick Tiote cross 11 minutes before the interval.
Tiote was also prominent in the build-up as Pardew’s side took a 51st minute lead, finding Ayoze Perez on the edge of the Everton area. The Spaniard turned to thread a low shot through Coleman’s legs to find the bottom corner past a rooted Joel Robles.
Samuel Eto’o should have equalised just after the hour, but the Cameroon striker wasted some determined approach play from Leighton Baines by firing the defender’s low cross wastefully over.
They were made to pay with 23 minutes left as Jack Colback doubled the advantage with his first goal for the club.
Daryl Janmaat’s ball into the Everton area should have easily been cut out by Ross Barkley, but the substitute allowed the pass to reach Colback, a summer signing from neighbours Sunderland. The midfielder’s left-foot finish beat Robles to roll into an empty net.
Substitute Kevin Mirallas ensured a nervy final few minutes as he sprinted onto a Baines pass to beat Jak Alnwick with a confident finish, but Everton were unable to provide a dramatic denouement.
“It’s a concerning run,” Martinez added. “You don’t want to create that negative momentum and we have to stop giving away soft goals.”
NEWCASTLE: Alnwick 6; Janmaat 6, Coloccini 6, Williamson 6, Dummett 6; Tiote 7, Colback 7; Sissoko 7, Perez 7, Gouffran 6 (Cabella 90, 6); Cisse 7 (Riviere 73, 6).
EVERTON: Robles 6; Coleman 6, Alcaraz 5, Distin 5, Garbutt 6; McCarthy 6 (Barkley 46, 5), Barry 5, Baines 7; McGeady 5 (Mirallas 61, 7), Kone 7 (Lukaku 71, 6), Eto’o 5.
Referee: Craig Pawso.