Newcastle United have used the medium of a fans forum to relay the message that Alan Pardew will remain as Newcastle manager. Calls for the 52-year-old former West Ham boss to be sacked were intensifying following a disastrous 2014 but the club has confirmed in the fourth fans forum of the season that Pardew would not be sacked, despite the poor run. The Club said: “In addressing the documents, the board stated that Alan Pardew will remain the club’s manager. “The board stated that incorrect media reports which claimed Newcastle had contacted other individuals about the manager position were in the hands of the club’s legal team.” The last part of the quotes refers to media reports claiming the Magpies had contacted St. Etienne boss Christophe Galtier, with a view to making the Frenchman Newcastle manager if Pardew was sacked. Discussions about Newcastle’s poor run of form in 2014 also took place, with questions being aimed at the board about the reasons for such a run and lack of investment. “The board accepted that the second half of the season had been disappointing but underlined its aim of improving on a 16th-place finish in 2012/13 with a top 10 finish had been realised. “It was stated that the club’s aims for the 2014/15 Premier League season would be made public once they had been determined.” It was also confirmed that the Club will be concentrating on the Premier League next season, making any hopes of a cup run slim. The reasons given were that in recent years, teams outside of the traditional top six that have won a domestic trophy have had a 50% chance of relegation the same year. Wigan and Birmingham City went down after claiming the FA Cup and Carling Cup respectively and neither has since returned to the top flight. The Club again rolled out the line that there is money to spend on new players but they would only be bought for the right price, meaning transfer activity could be possible this summer. It should be noted that the powers that be at Newcastle have said the same thing for the last two transfer windows. In summary, it looks like more of the same for Newcastle next season. Same manager, same ambitions and same sort of investment. The fans forum hardly threw up any surprises and it’s no shock that the message coming from the owner seems to be that he’s happy meeting targets and making money and sees no need to change anything major at the club.