Premier League - Pardew looking to next season

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was able to comfort himself with a much-improved display after thumping home defeats by Sunderland and Liverpool in their last two games as they ended the season with a 1-0 loss to Arsenal.

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Premier League - Pardew's job safe but Newcastle want top 10

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Alan Pardew was pleased with the performance against Arsenal in their last game of the season (PA Photos)

But ultimately a 16th-placed finish with 41 points - 24 fewer than his side managed last year when they ended the campaign in fifth - was a major disappointment, with the demands of a Europa League campaign taking their toll.

Pardew said: "It was the depth, really, and quality we need to improve on. But next year, we haven't got that pressure and we can go week to week in this Premier League.

"But we are not going to be foolish enough to think that we don't have a couple of issues to sort out in the team - not major issues, but certainly one or two players to add to offer us a different look."

Asked about his own future after weeks of speculation by disgruntled fans, Pardew said: "I'm pretty confident I'll be the manager here.

"I love being the manager and I will be speaking to [owner] Mike [Ashley] and [managing director] Derek [Llambias] this week to make sure we get a response and the right reaction."

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