Pardew insists he has backing of Newcastle board

The manager signed an eight-year contract in September but has lost four straight games and maintains that there is little the club can do until January after a series of injuries
Alan Pardew insists that he has the full backing of the board at Newcastle despite a poor run of form that could sse him become the club's first manager to lose five Premier League games in a row.

The manager claims that his employers are offering their assistance with the squad currently suffering due to a host of injuries, which is troubling for the team as they attempt to compete in the Europa League as well as at home.

"I can't think of a Premier League team in the last couple of years that has suffered as badly as we have with injuries"
Pardew told the Daily Mail: "The word from the boardroom is concern. We want to get going again and obviously to do well.

"They've given me massive support this week in trying to help me get the result I want, almost asking me what can they do for me?

"At the minute there's not much they can do for me, if truth be known. Little things here and there we talked about could help but they've been very forthcoming in that.

"Unfortunately for us we've had a real turn of events in terms of injuries. I can't think of a Premier League team in the last couple of years that has suffered as badly as we have in terms of key players. You can almost look in every position."

Centre-back Steven Taylor, midfielder Yohan Cabaye and full-back Ryan Taylor have all been ruled out until at least after the New Year, along with several of Pardew's other players in the short term.

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"People are asking me about the window and what am I going to do but you could argue we're weak in every position through injury," the Magpies boss continued.

"In my view, the January window isn't something we can focus on at the minute in terms of a target. We have to keep our eye on every position and make sure that in January we react to who we get back because one or two will come back, for sure."