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Pardew - Board are behind me

Alan Pardew has heaped praise on Newcastle United's hierarchy for standing by him although admits there is 'concern' from the boardroom.

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Alan Pardew: Confident Newcastle will turn things around

Alan Pardew: Confident Newcastle will turn things around

The Magpies have lost their last four Premier League games and they go into Monday's game at Wigan - live on Sky Sports - just two points above the drop zone.

Pardew has already admitted that the club are embroiled in a relegation battle, but he is pleased with how his bosses Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias have reacted to their recent slump.

"I don't think demanding is the word, the word from the boardroom is concern. We want to get going again and obviously to do well," Pardew told the Journal.

"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. Little things here and there could help but they've been very forthcoming in that."

Pardew believes his squad are struggling to cope with injuries, but he says they are going through a period which he says is the worst he can remember for any club.

"I can't think of a Premier League club in the last couple of years that has suffered as badly as we have in terms of (injuries to) key players. You can almost look in every position," he said.

"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. Ryan Taylor at full-back, Haris (Vuckic), Dan Gosling and Yohan Cabaye in the midfield, Shola (Ameobi), Papiss (Cisse) and Demba (Ba) missing, (Gabriel) Obertan and Hatem (Ben Arfa) out wide."

"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. Hatem will be back, Obertan will be back, Shola will be back this weekend.

"I do expect that when we go to Fulham I'll be in a lot stronger state than I am for Wigan and then we'll react from that."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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