Alan Pardew insists he retains the backing of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

Magpies' manager Pardew revealed he met with Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear immediately after last Monday's defeat to Everton for a debrief.

That led to social-media speculation - initially that he resigned and later in the week that he was about to be sacked.

Pardew accepts the pressure is on following two defeats that have the Geordies three points off the relegation places ahead of a difficult set of fixtures including this weekend’s trip to Cardiff the visit of Liverpool and a derby against Sunderland.

They also entertain Manchester City in the Capital One Cup.

Pardew said: “It’s the old saying that you can’t keep all the people happy all of the time. Well I can’t keep any of the people happy any of the time!

“Most of that rumour (of his sacking) started on social media probably by young fans or whoever and it makes some sort of headway.

“The only way you can deal with it and I’ve been a manager here for nearly three years is you kind of have to cut yourself off and just focus on the job.

“None of that had any foundation but the bottom line is that at a big club you’ve got to win games. Then the speculation stops.

“After we won at Villa (in mid-September) there were suggestions that perhaps we should have played with two strikers or that we might have scored more goals.

“Some of it is so far removed you’ve got to cut through it.”