Exclusive – Pardew has done a good job at Newcastle, insists Howey

first_imgSteve Howey says he would be ‘disappointed’ to see Alan Pardew lose his job as Newcastle manager.Pardew admitted his future is in doubt after the Mapgies’ miserable start to the season continued with a 1-0 defeat at Stoke on Monday night.Supporters called for the 53-year-old to go during and after the Britannia Stadium clash, but, while Howey understands their frustrations, he believes the beleaguered boss has done a decent job at St James’ Park and deserves their backing while he is still at the helm.“I’m one of these that think it is wrong to be asking for people to lose their jobs. At the moment Alan Pardew is the manager and we have to try and back him as best we can,” said the club’s former defender, speaking on The Sports Bar.“I can totally understand the fans’ frustrations but, at the same time, if there is no news that comes out of Newcastle and Alan Pardew is still the manager, I feel as though, as fans, you should support the team.“The results for a long time haven’t been fantastic and it is a results-based business, but I would be disappointed to see him leave because I think, overall, he has done quite well.”Howey, however, accepts if results don’t pick up quickly and fans continue to call for Pardew’s head then Mike Ashley may have no choice but to make a change.“If the fans are making their feelings known, then the chairman will probably eventually listen,” he said.“The chairman might decide it will be better for a change because six, seven games are gone and they still haven’t got a win and sooner or later you are too far down the line and you are looking at one of those amazing escapes again.”last_img read more