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Pardew confident of remaining Newcastle manager

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May 19, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Alan Pardew is confident he will still be in charge of Newcastle United next season © PA Photos
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Alan Pardew is confident he will remain manager of Newcastle United despite a disastrous campaign which ended with the Magpies avoiding relegation with just a single game to spare.

Pardew admitted ahead of last weekend's victory at already-relegated Queens Park Rangers that he was unsure if survival would guarantee him his job.

But the 51-year-old revealed he was confident of remaining in the St James' Park hotseat when the new season starts in August.

Having been asked if he felt more secure following owner Mike Ashley's visit to the club's training ground on Friday, Pardew told The Journal: "Are you saying to me, do I expect to be manager? Yes, 100%.

"[Ashley] generally has a chat, says hello to everyone. He thanked all the players for their efforts this year. We all know it has not been our greatest season but you cannot say we have not given 100%. I don't think that."

And with another meeting with Ashley scheduled for next week, Pardew added: "We have to have a better scenario next year and we all have to pull together. I think that was basically his message.

"Like all clubs we will be sitting down and discussing plans for next year. The plans will include pre-season, recruitment and mistakes made this year and that's it."

Pardew also confirmed that no decision had yet been made on the future of want-away captain Fabricio Coloccini, who informed the club in January of his desire to return home to Argentina, citing personal reasons.

"Sometimes there is not a decision made until pre-season and I don't think a lot of transfer activity will happen until we all return, which will be July 4," Pardew said.

"I think it is very important the fans show him they love him. And they do genuinely love him. For me as a manager he is a fantastic captain, very important in the last period [of the season] in particular.

"When he did not play in those couple of games against Sunderland and Liverpool, I thought we really lacked a bit of leadership on the pitch. His situation is hard to discuss because it was a personal issue and it still is."

But one player who is almost certain to leave the club this summer is defender Danny Simpson, who is out of contract this summer

"I think Danny has played his last game for us," Pardew said. "His contract is up and I think we would have renewed it by now. He has been a great player for me and has always given me everything. I know he will find a Premier League club, but it will not be this one."

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