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Alan Pardew unveiled as Newcastle manager

Alan Pardew has been unveiled as the new Newcastle manager following days of speculation since Chris Hughton was fired from the job on Monday.

The former West Ham manager put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year deal this morning and was later unveiled at a press conference at St James’ Park this afternoon.

Pardew, who will have to work hard to win over disgruntled Magpies supporters, spoke to the press about his appointment earlier today.

‘I am honoured and privileged to have been given this opportunity at Newcastle United, one of the truly great clubs in English football.’

The 49-year-old continued: ‘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.’

‘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, who has previously managed Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton, was favourite for the Newcastle job following Hughton’s shock dismissal on Monday.

He will take over a Newcastle team currently lying in 12th place in the Premier League with just two home wins so far this season.

Pardew will have a chance to change that statistic on Saturday when Newcastle host a resurgent Liverpool at St James’ Park.

With Newcastle fans angered by Hughton’s sacking, Pardew will need a win if he wants to start winning over the Toon Army.

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