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Newcastle fans plan protest for final premier League game against Cardiff

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Newcastle United face Cardiff City at St James Park for their final home game of the season on Saturday. And despite being virtually guaranteed a top half finish the fans are fed up - and they plan to make their feelings known.

Fed-up fans are planning a mass walkout during the Cardiff game to register their protest at a second-half of the season slump that leaves the club bottom of the Premier League form table this year after their worst sequence of results in the top flight for more than a quarter of a century.

That might be good news for Cardiff fans, if the disruption helps their side secure a vital win at an unlikely venue. But, even though their form has fallen off a cliff, Newcastle are 16 points better than Cardiff and three points ahead of Palace in 11th spot.

Boss, Alan Pardew Insists he has no plans to quit just 18 months after signing a lucrative eight year contract, Pardew said: "If you're going to walk away, then in my view is that you do not have the make-up to be a manager or a leader of men.

"If you're in the middle of a field, surrounded by armies, left right and centre, you can't just say 'I've had enough now', sorry. It doesn't work like that.

"As a manager, you need to be very strong-willed. You have to show a resolve to your wife and your daughter that you are strong enough to deal with it, let alone to the fans and players. Whatever type of manager you are, then you are going to have some bad times, some really bad times.

"I have to be big enough and bold enough to cope with it. I'll fight for the position I have here at this club, because I've always been proud to have this job.

"This has been the toughest run of results I've had as a manager and the most important thing is to get a performance that gets the stadium on our side to give us a platform to win the game on Saturday."

When asked at yesterday's press conference, when is the point at which a manager's job becomes untenable, he said: "I don't think that is a decision for managers. Our job is to lead and manage the team to the best of our ability. I've never considered that (quitting)."

JH

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