Alan Pardew has revealed he never considered his future during the furore that followed the appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football.
Newcastle's managing director Derek Llambias resigned and chief scout Graham Carr was on the brink of leaving the club as a result of the appointment. Pardew has also been left to face an internal power struggle in light of owner Mike Ashley's controversial decision to give Kinnear a new role at St James' Park.
Pardew however, has looked to make clear who is in charge.
"As the manager of the football club, which I am, I think it’s very, very important that the fans and the players know that I am managing this football team. That’s my contract and that’s what I’m going to do.”
He also insisted he will not resign as manager. “I won’t run away, I won’t hide," he said.
“When we finished fifth I didn’t have to show too many sides of my character because the team were doing well. A lot of adulation came our way and we had some fantastic performances and the momentum was with us.
“Last year I couldn’t have had any more turmoil put in front of me with injuries and the Europa League but I think I showed the fans that I am resilient. I’d like to think through all of the adversity last year I tried to carry the club with a bit of respect.
“I didn’t lose my control or lose my temper with the players. Those qualities will serve me better this year. Hopefully we will have a more successful season.
“The big disappointment for me last year was the performances, without a shadow of doubt. Even the games we won or drew I felt we could have done much better, and if we get those performances at a better level then the results will definitely follow, particularly our away form. That is something we are really focused on this year.
“A couple of players have contacted me. With all the press, they are not quite sure how it's going to work, or what was the deal. I've made it very, very clear to them that I'm here to look after them, to manage them and make sure the team functions to the best of its ability. Joe's in a position where, hopefully, he can influence things, particularly with transfers and bringing in players.”
Pardew has also criticised Paris St Germain manager Laurent Blanc for expressing an interest in Yohan Cabaye.
“I don't think that's right," he added. “He can get on the phone to me, or make a bid. I think that's the right way to do it. I think the way it's come out isn't perhaps respectful to Yohan. That's something I want to talk to him about.
“I want to talk about this important year for him (Cabaye), with the World Cup at the end of it. I'm hoping he's going to be an integral part (of France's team).
“You could argue we'll have eight to 10 players in the World Cup. If Hatem (Ben Arfa) gets in the French national team, you can imagine what it would do for his confidence, so they're all things I want to happen.
“I want Hatem to play at a World Cup. I think he can play for France. I think Cabaye can play for France. I think Moussa Sissoko could play for France next year, and maybe even Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa."
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