Newcastle: Pardew is here to stay

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has vowed to remain at St James’ Park despite the recent changes at the club.

Former Toon manager Joe Kinnear was named the club’s technical director on Tuesday, but the move has proved unpopular among fans.

The 66-year-old lifted the lid on the appointment earlier in the week and the club confirmed on Tuesday that Kinnear will work alongside Pardew to try and take the club to the next level.

The former Republic of Ireland international took over as manager in September 2008 before handing over the reins to Chris Hughton the following February amid concerns over his health.

Managing director Derek Llambias has since resigned from his post, leading to speculation about Pardew’s future with some expecting him to resign. Pardew signed an eight-year deal last September after guiding the club into Europe.

Last season saw the Magpies struggle as they failed to improve their squad and found themselves in a relegation battle towards the end of the season.

After finishing in 16th place, Pardew admitted he could be relieved of his managerial duties but he appears to have brushed off speculation.

He said: “I’m staying – to take the club up the league.”

Newcastle begin the new season on August 17 with an away trip to last year’s runners-up and 2011/12 champions Manchester City, and Pardew will be hoping the new set-up gels in time.

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