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Pardew will fight on, insists Mackay
CARDIFF CITY boss Malky Mackay insists Alan Pardew will not let speculation surrounding his future affect the job in hand after he guided Newcastle United to a second away win of the season.
In the week leading up to his side’s trip to south Wales, Pardew had to deal with rumours that he had first offered to resign and then been sacked.
However, the Magpies boss insisted he had come away from a post-match meeting with Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear at Everton in a positive mood and with his owner’s backing.
And, when some predicted the trip to the Cardiff City Stadium could have been his last as Magpies boss, Pardew masterminded a crucial win despite making the bold decision to leave out Hatem Ben Arfa.
Mackay, who played alongside Pardew at West Ham United, insists the Newcastle boss will not let rumours surrounding his position get in the way of lifting the Tynesiders up the Premier League table.
“At the start of the season Arsene Wenger was the man under pressure, then Paul Lambert, then Chris Hughton. It’s water off a duck’s back for Alan,” Mackay said.
“He’s got a good team and stability because his owner has given him a long-term contract.
“He has staff and players which he has built over the last two seasons. He was the Premier League manager of the year two years ago. He’s a very experienced man. The other thing he has is top quality players.
“You don’t go too high and you don’t go too low because you keep doing the work you are doing and you know why you are doing it and what the focus at the end of it.
“It’s what we do and I know that is exactly what Alan believes in as well.
“He’s a good manager. Managers of his experience and know-how can handle that.”
Mackay came close to joining Pardew’s backroom staff while he was at Watford, but admits his desire to manage outweighed the offer from Tyneside.
He said: “It was tempting. Financially, it blew away the financial situation I was on at Watford in terms of personals.
“We had a good chat about it at the time, but I wanted to be a manager. I learnt a lot at Watford and it allowed me the chance to come and manage this great club as well.”
Pardew took a risk dropping one of his most influential players in Ben Arfa, but without the Frenchman Newcastle still caused problems for Cardiff, particularly in the first half.
Even when the hosts got a goal back through Peter Odemwingie in the 58th minute and applied pressure after the break, the Magpies still looked dangerous on the counter and Pardew admits his players repaid him with their performances.
He said: “The most important thing is to have a consistency of what you're about and we did that. We went out and I said I wanted to make us more offensive. We didn't back off and I was repaid for my boldness in a way.
Now I can look forward to a game (Liverpool) where we really do need to get some revenge after what happened last season. It's something to look forward to.
“This is a big job and there's a pressure that comes with it when you get a couple of defeats on the trot - just like it does for Man United, just like it does for Aston Villa. They are big clubs.”
Loic Remy’s double sealed the points, but there were notable performances from Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, who were both at their best in Cardiff.
Tiote has had a mixed start to the season after being dropped following the opening day defeat to Manchester City, but Pardew singled him out for praise and believes the Ivorian will be an important part of his side this season.
“He was the one who got a grip in the first half and gave us our base for the victory” Pardew said. “It's great to see him back because he is a very important player.”
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