Martin Hardy

Martin Hardy is a football reporter at 'The Independent'.

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Heading for trouble: Alan Pardew attacks David Meyler in a confrontation which led to him being sent to the stands at the KC Stadium

Alan Pardew future: Headbutt victim David Meyler shuns calls for Newcastle manager to be sacked

The Hull City player comes up against Pardew for the first time since the bizarre incident

Alan Pardew makes a gesture from the touchline

Alan Pardew: 'I'm facing mass hysteria,' says under-fire Newcastle manager as he fights for his job

Newcastle manager is preparing himself for a huge protest at Saturday’s game but no threat from owner Ashley yet

A SackPardew.com sign visible at St Mary's on Saturday

Alan Pardew: 'We must stand and deliver against Hull,' says struggling Newcastle manager

Pardew's position is under serious threat

A banner at St Mary's on Saturday

Alan Pardew: Under-fire Newcastle manager gets another chance to save his job

Newcastle suffered a thrashing at Southampton on Saturday

A fans’ poll revealed that the majority of those questioned wanted Alan Pardew to be sacked

Alan Pardew: I have lost the fans' trust at Newcastle

Speculation is mounting over the manager's future

The Newcastle board has cooled towards Alan Pardew after a disappointing start to the season

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has two games to save his job at St James' Park

The club have endured a disappointing start to the new season

Palace’s new manager, Neil Warnock, high-fives with Wilfried Zaha after the final whistle

Newcastle United vs Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha’s rapid rebirth puts Manchester United back in the dock

Neil Warnock spoke of Wilfried Zaha being swallowed up at Manchester United, but the rebirth, the reminder of what persuaded Sir Alex Ferguson to spend £15m on a 20-year-old in January 2013, was so immediate as to pose more questions about what is going on at Old Trafford.

Sunderland vs Manchester United: ‘Sunday League’ defending exposes United’s full malaise

Valencia gave his new manager as significant a reminder as you can that he does not like defending

Sunderland vs Manchester United: Sunderland add to United pain but Real Madrid confirm £64m Angel Di Maria move

Further horror for Van Gaal after 1-1 draw at Sunderland however deal for Argentine winger should be concluded shortly

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