Football - Boss struggling with ups and downs

Alan Pardew has admitted he has struggled to cope with the highs and lows of life as Newcastle manager.

PA Sport

The 51-year-old was named Manager of the Year by the League Managers' Association after guiding the Magpies to a remarkable fifth-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League last season.

Twelve months on, Pardew heads into the final-day clash with Arsenal mightily relieved to still be in charge of a top-flight club after a desperate and unexpected fight against relegation which has seen a vociferous minority of fans calling for his head grow significantly both in number and volume.

Predecessor Graeme Souness famously spoke of the "goldfish bowl" existence of the club's employees on Tyneside and the Londoner admits his tenure has proved something of a roller-coaster ride.

Pardew said: "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.

"But I have been here two and a half years 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."

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