Alan Pardew is STAYING as Newcastle boss next season - and will not be forced out by fan unrest.

Owner Mike Ashley is sticking by Pardew because he met the club's minimum target of a top ten finish.

Ashley, who is "not actively trying to sell the club," will hold summit talks with Pardew and his executive team at St James' Park soon - but only to finalise plans to spend in the transfer market, with at least one deal close to completion.

Pardew's position is solid, even though large sections of the home crowd chanted for him to be sacked at the last home game of the season against Cardiff.

While there is disappointment that Newcastle had a poor run of form from January, at one stage losing 14 games out of 18, Pardew's position is not under review.

Newcastle are sticking with their pledge from two seasons ago to have stability in their managerial position.

Pardew, the second longest serving boss in the top flight, had Newcastle up in fifth position in November before the sale of Yohan Cabaye in the winter window.