Newcastle future out of my hands, says Pardew

The Magpies manager presided over the club's worst home defeat in 87 years following the 6-0 demolition by Liverpool on Saturday as the Toon slip nearer the relegation zone
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits his future is out of his hands following Saturday's humiliating 6-0 defeat against Liverpool at St James' Park.

The result was the Magpies' worst home defeat in 87 years and it leaves them agonisingly close to the relegation zone as the season draws to a close.

With the team languishing in the lower echelons of the table, there have been calls for Pardew to be dismissed, but the 51-year-old is untroubled by speculation about his future and is only concerned with guiding Newcastle to safety.

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"Well that's out of my hands," Pardew told reporters when asked if his job was in jeopardy. "Until I'm told otherwise, my job is to lift the team and make it as good as I can."

Newcastle currently lie in 16th place, just five points above the drop - though Wigan have a game in hand on the Magpies - and Pardew has backed his side to find form and avoid the drop.

"I've got to make sure I put things right," he continued. "We've got to show we've got the fight for this because I think a lot of people will look at us and think we've got a great chance of being relegated. We've got to prove them wrong but I genuinely believe we've got enough quality to get the points we need."

Newcastle's worrying slide has been attributed to the influx of French-speaking Ligue 1 stars on Tyneside, but Pardew, forced to use a translator, has rejected notions that he has trouble getting his message across.

"I don't think the language barrier is so much of a problem as the lack of experience in certain scenarios," Pardew added.

"A lot of those players will never have been beaten 3-0 at home, never mind 6-0. I think that showed; we became ragged, some of our play was naive and disorganised."