But right now, they are seven points back of even second-last.
Claud Puel claimed that striker Jamie Vardy and his Leicester teammates showed their true quality, after coming from behind in the 4-1 thrashing against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday. "Yes I will. Of course I will because it's getting hard", Pardew told reporters, with his team eight points from safety with eight games left.
West Brom are rock bottom of the table and are eight points from safety but Pardew is determined to fight until the end.
Following West Brom's 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield two weeks ago, the board and owners seriously considered Pardew's position as manager but decided there were no credible alternatives available to replace him.
"We want to finish the season in the best way possible and good preparation together is very important to give us the best chance", the Frenchman added.
"I would keep Alan Pardew because they aren't going to get out of it". Yes I will. Of course I will because it's getting hard.
After the game, Pardew laid into his players for downing tools in the last 20 minutes and criticised Grzegorz Krychowiak for his furious reaction to being substituted. "I don't care whatever job or workplace you're in, if you're under pressure and you don't want to fight, don't bother turning up".
Nonetheless, City came back into the contest in the 21st minute as Vardy got on the end of Mahrez's superb pass, to send a left-footed volley into the far corner beyond Foster.
It now seems certain Pardew's ill-fated four-month reign will continue on Saturday when he will again be in charge for the trip to Bournemouth. Whether they can achieve something equally spectacular this season is questionable though given their form of eight games without a win.
Fans nearby the incident claim the Paris Saint-Germain loanee swore at his head coach when he was brought off just before the hour mark for Sam Field.