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THE CHRONICLE: Mike Ashley faces a big decision after Alan Pardew's Magpies crash again. He would be taking the biggest gamble of his Newcastle United tenure if he sticks with under-pressure Pardew.

THE JOURNAL: Club owner Mike Ashley is set to have crisis talks with his manager and it could mark the end of Pardew’s four-year stint.

THE TELEGRAPH: After Newcastle's latest collapse, it is time for Mike Ashley to put Alan Pardew out of his misery? The Newcastle United owner claimed his threat to sack the manager was a joke - for everybody's sake, it would be better if he were serious.

THE TIMES: It was difficult to tell what was louder at the Britannia Stadium last night: the clap of thunder that could be heard midway through the first half or the vitriol directed by Newcastle United followers towards Alan Pardew. Either way, Peter Crouch’s first-half header pushed the Newcastle manager closer to the St James’ Park exit door.

DAILY MAIL: Alan Pardew was still absorbing the impact of Peter Crouch’s goal when lightning flashed over the Britannia Stadium and the rumble of thunder drowned the sound of ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’. Another defeat reopens the debate over his future.

THE GUARDIAN: Alan Pardew vowed to keep on fighting but has also conceded that there is a “big question mark” about his future as Newcastle United manager after a 1-0 defeat at Stoke City left them joint-bottom of the Premier League.

Watch: Alan Pardew's response to sacking comments

Alan Pardew has suggested that remarks by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley that he could loose his job have been taken out of context.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday morning, Pardew spoke of the pressure he's been under for the past couple of weeks. Responding to criticism and calls for him to step down, Pardew said: "All I can focus on is the team and that's what I'll do."

He also looked ahead to tonight's game, which will see Newcastle United face Stoke City. Pardew is keen to recreate "the spirit" that was on the pitch for Wednesday's game against Crystal Palace.

See his full comments below:

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Pardew: "sometimes things are taken out of context"

Alan Pardew has suggested that remarks by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley that he could loose his job could have been taken out of context.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday morning, Pardew said: "If it was a sit-down interview done in a serious manner, I'd be a lot more concerned than I am today, that's for sure."

Ashley indicated earlier this week that Pardew's position was not in jeopardy despite a difficult start to the season, and the club's situation has improved somewhat since then.

Last weekend, striker Papiss Cisse came off the bench to score a late double to secure a 2-2 league draw with Hull, and a much-changed side booked a place in the Capital One Cup fourth round with a 3-2 extra time victory at Crystal Palace.

Pardew still has to win over the critics among his own club's fans - a militant section of them is unlikely to be placated - and Newcastle remain at the foot of the table, but he has enjoyed a much more positive week.

He said: "For anything in your life, you have to be focused on what is the goal. There's a simple goal for us on Monday night: we want to get a win.

"We showed our spirit on the pitch on Wednesday when we were down to 10 men in extra time to get a winner. That shows we're fighting.

"We've had two morale-boosting displays, the comeback draw against Hull and the win at Palace, and that gives us something to lean on."

Alan Pardew brushes off sacking comments

Pardew has brushed off comments from owner Mike Ashley suggesting he will be sacked Credit: David Davies/PA Wire.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has brushed off comments from owner Mike Ashley suggesting he will be sacked if his team loses at Stoke on Monday.

A report emerged overnight claiming Ashley had told a journalist he would dismiss the 53-year-old if the Magpies emerged from their trip to the Britannia Stadium empty-handed, quoting him as saying: "Dead. Finished. Over. One more game then that's it." .

The club immediately dismissed the remarks as a joke, a message which was reiterated as the manager carried out his pre-match press conference on Saturday morning.

Pardew said: "I've not seen him. [Ashley]. I've spoken to him this week - he's obviously very keen for us to get victories, that's what he's about. That's what we're about, winning.

"I've been made aware of his comments in the paper, I've been under pressure at this club for a number of weeks now. All I can focus on now is the team and that's what I'll do."

Bruce says North East 'not an easy place to manage'

Hull City boss Steve Bruce offered sympathy to Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew ahead of their Premier League clash this weekend.

Bruce, who spent 18 months as Sunderland manager between 2009 and 2011, said the North East is 'not an easy place to manage'. Bruce also said reports suggesting that he is being lined-up replace Pardew at Newcastle were 'hugely disrespectful'.

Newcastle welcome Hull to St James' Park tomorrow afternoon.

Newcastle supporting Gutierrez after cancer diagnosis

Newcastle United has confirmed that winger Jonas Gutierrez is receiving treatment in Argentina after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The club said it has been aware of his condition for some time, but respected his wish for privacy.

"We have and will continue to offer Jonas our full support.

"We thank our fans for their kind messages of support for Jonas and the thoughts and best wishes of everyone connected to Newcastle United are with him at this time."

– Lee Charnley, Managing Director

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Common signs and symptoms of testicular cancer

Following the news that Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is being treated for testicular cancer, ITV Tyne Tees looks at some common signs and symptoms of testicular cancer.

5 common signs and symptoms of testicular cancer:

  • A lump can be felt in 97% of cases and in approximately 86% of cases this will be painless. A malignant testis may not feel unduly uncomfortable or painful whereas a testis inflamed by infection will usually be very tender and painful.
  • Dragging sensation 29%.
  • Recent history of trauma 10%, leading to examination and discovery of a lump.
  • Breast swelling or tenderness (called gynaecomastia). This is rare but may be caused by hormones, which are produced by some types of testicular cancer.
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the groin area, which have enlarged either due to spread of cancer or where infection is also present.

For more information on diagnosis, support and life after testicular cancer, you can visit the Your Privates website.

Steven Taylor says he is 'gutted' to hear Gutierrez news

NUFC's Steven Taylor Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Steven Taylor has said he is "gutted" to hear that Jonas Gutierrez is being treated for testicular cancer.

Speaking to ITV Tyne Tees, Steven said:

"I am gutted and can't believe it's happened to Jonas. He was one of the fittest footballers I've worked with it. I hope our 52,000 fans sing his name on Saturday and he gets all the support he deserves."

How common is testicular cancer?

Testicular cancer is relatively uncommon. The NHS says it accounts for just 1% of all cancers in men.

2,300 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer in the UK each year, according to Cancer Research UK.

Although relatively uncommon overall, testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer to affect men between the ages of 15 and 49.

Rates of testicular cancer are five times higher in white men than in black men. It is not know why.

Types of testicular cancer

According to the NHS, the different types of testicular cancer are classified by the type of cells the cancer first begins in.

The most common type of testicular cancer (95% of cases) is ‘germ cell testicular cancer’. Germ cells help create sperm.

There are two main subtypes of germ cell testicular cancer.

They are:

  • Seminomas, which account for around 40-45% of all germ cell testicular cancers
  • Non-seminomas, which account for around 40-45% of all germ cell testicular cancers

Seminomas and non-seminomas respond well to chemotherapy.

Less common types of testicular cancer include:

  • Leydig cell tumours, which account for around 1-3% of cases
  • Sertoli cell tumours, which account for around 1% of cases
  • Lymphoma, which accounts for around 4% of cases
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