Pardew promises ‘attacking football’ after being confirmed as Magpies’ boss

Newcastle United today confirmed Alan Pardew as their new manager, after the sacking of Chris Hughton, and Pardew has promised ‘attacking and positive football’ on his arrival to St.James’ Park.


The 49-year-old paid tribute to axed boss Chris Hughton and pledged to "build on his good work". Pardew, who was sacked by Southampton earlier in the season, will face a tough test in his first match in-charge of Newcastle as his side face Liverpool at home on Saturday, but Pardew cant wait he said, “I can’t wait to get started, and what better way to kick-off than welcoming Liverpool to St James’ Park on Saturday?”

Pardew, formerly manager at Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton, has vowed to execute his duties with "drive, desire and commitment," and dish up a less cautious brand of football.

Pardew said: “ I am honoured and privileged to have been given this opportunity at Newcastle United, one of the truly great clubs in English football. I understand what this club means to its supporters. Throughout the football world people recognise that this is a unique club in many ways, with supporters who are second to none in their loyalty, passion and devotion for the team.”

He further said: I’m not a Geordie, of course, but I’m a football person with a love of the game and I can assure you I bring great drive, desire and commitment to the job.”

Pardew signed a deal with Newcastle, keeping him till the summer of 2016 as the club’s manager, and he hopes that the Magpies can develop an Arsenal-like game at St.James’ Park. He said:

“I have always managed teams that have played attacking positive football, something I know the supporters here appreciate. At the same time, I intend to focus on developing exciting young players through the club’s excellent Academy and development squad, and I know the board here at St James’ Park are very committed to that too.”

He will be officially unveiled at a press conference at St James’ Park at 2.30pm (GMT) this afternoon.

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