15 May 2014

Pardew to stay at Newcastle United

11:51 am on 15 May 2014

The Premier League football club Newcastle United have confirmed that fiery Englishman Alan Pardew will remain as manager.

Newcastle moved to quash to rumours that they had been talking to other candidates, following reports in France that suggested that the club had been linked with St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier.

Club officials clarified the situation outlining that "incorrect media reports" would be looked at by their legal team.

The Magpies started 2014 in eighth position with 33 points from 19 games - only four points off a Champions League spot.

However Newcastle lost seven of their last eight Premier League games to finish 10th.

Banners calling for Pardew to leave were paraded at matches in the second half of the campaign, while the manager suffered the ignominy of a seven-game ban for his headbutt on Hull's David Meyler during his side's 4-1 win at the start of March.

The former Southampton and West Ham manager succeeded Chris Hughton in 2010 and was then rewarded with an eight-year contract for guiding the Magpies to fifth during the 2011-12 season.