Pardew admits Newcastle job has been testing emotionally

The 51-year old criticises the reactionary nature at the club as he admits that his role as Magpies boss is tough, praising his players' ability to cope with the pressure
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits that he has "experienced every emotion" during his two-and-a-half year tenure at the club.

The Magpies secured survival with a 2-1 win away to QPR on Sunday, a far cry from their heroics last season, when the 51-year-old was named LMA Manager of the Year as his team finished just four points shy of Champions League qualification.

Pardew insists, however, that much of the perceived drop in standards has been due to the reactionary nature that permeates the club - something that frustrates him to no end.

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"I have been here two-and-a-half years and I have probably experienced every emotion you could go through - and that was in the first six weeks," he told the Daily Mail. "But I have been here through it all and just sometimes the sensationalism of it all is frustrating as the manager.

"When we do really well, there's a real over-the-top reaction and then, when it goes the other way, it's the reverse. We have to accept that that's how it is going to be at this football club and be able to deal with it.

"But this year has taught us how to deal with that side of it when the criticism comes, that we need to really batten down the hatches and make sure we get a result whichever way it is to get us back on a run."

Pardew also praised his players' performance against QPR as he spoke of their ability to cope under a pressure that is simply incomprehensible to those not in the game.

"We said it was in our hands and we achieved it, which was a good thing. We didn't want to wait for a result at Arsenal v Wigan, so we did it the right way and we did it under huge, huge pressure as well," he continued.

"The players have had to do that and I think they will be better players for it. You have to experience those times and the pressure of that situation to understand it and, unless you have been a footballer, trust me, with a big club like this, you won't ever understand it."