Friday, 10th December 2010

New Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew, who was handed a five and a half year contract at St James’ Park yesterday, has urged the club’s fans to channel their frustration into supporting the team against Liverpool tomorrow.

The former Charlton and West Ham manager is well aware that the majority of the Newcastle support are deeply sceptical about his appointment as Chris Hughton’s successor, and concerns have also been raised over the length of the deal that Pardew has been handed.

But the new manager hopes these frustrations are transformed into support for the club’s players on the pitch.

"There is [pressure] and I just hope the fans channel it. I know they are frustrated, that’s fairly obvious, by the reaction. The fact that [Chris Hughton] has gone has caused somewhat of a stir and people are upset about it, and I can understand that."

Pardew though will not let himself be distracted by off the pitch chatter and claimed that "the battles I need to win are on the pitch."


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