Newcastle names new manager

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NEWCASTLE, England -- Newcastle named Alan Pardew its manager on Thursday, handing the former West Ham and Southampton coach a 5 1/2-year deal.

Newcastle fired popular manager Chris Hughton on Monday and Pardew believes he can add to what the former boss was building at St James' Park. Hughton guided Newcastle back to the Premier League this season and had the club mid-table.

"I am honoured and privileged to have been given this opportunity at Newcastle United, one of the truly great clubs in English football," Pardew said in a statement. "I understand what this club means to its supporters.

"Throughout the football world, people recognize 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. Chris Hughton did a great job last season, guiding the club back to the Premier League, and he continued that good work this season.

"It is my aim to build on that now and take this club forward."

Pardew, 49, will debut against Liverpool on Saturday at St. James' Park. The Magpies are 12th place in the Premier League.


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