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The 51-year-old insists he has no plans to quit and is looking ahead to the new season in light of 2012-13's relegation battle and Joe Kinnear's appointment as director of football

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has defended his achievements while at the St. James' Park helm, but admitted disappointment at last season.

The 51-year-old was criticised last term as the Magpies, 12 months on from narrowly missing out on Champions League qualification, took until May to secure their Premier League survival.

Pardew, though, has pointed to the club's return to European football in six years - and first quarter-final in eight years - and is confident of domestic improvement next season.

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"I have worked very hard at this club and I am very proud of what I have achieved here," Pardew told the Northern Echo.

"We reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League, and you have to finish in fifth place in the Premier League just to be in the Europa League.

"Last season, in the end, I felt we were a top-ten team for the last 15 games when those guys [Newcastle’s five January signings] arrived. That kind of went under the radar. One win would have had us jumping four or five places and that would have looked more respectable."

But Pardew admits last season was an overriding disappointment and puts the blame on the performances of his players, who he feels have a lot more to offer.

"The disappointing factor last season was the performances," he added.

"I didn’t think the results we got were to the level we could have achieved. I am looking for a marked improvement in performance, and if we do that, then results will follow."