Chairman looks to take on old friend Alan Pardew in Capital One Cup in Gillingham v Newcastle United

PRESSURE ... Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
PRESSURE ... Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

NEWCASTLE United boss Alan Pardew WILL be going all out to win their first cup clash this season.

That’s the view of Gillingham chairman Paul Scally, who welcomes Newcastle to their Priestfield home next Tuesday.

The Magpies travel to Gillingham for a Capital One Cup second-round clash.

Newcastle’s recent record in cup competitions is poor, having been knocked out by lower league sides on numerous occasions under Pardew.

Scally says Pardew will be going all out to win the game next week.

“Alan Pardew is a very good friend of mine,” said the Gills chairman.

“I was straight on the phone to him. He will be coming to win the game and we want to go out and win the game.

“It’s a good competition to be in and if you can draw a home game against a Premier League team, or even away, it adds that extra touch to it.”

The Gills are hoping the game sells out – with Scally promising all profit made from the clash goes into strengthening manager Peter Taylor’s squad.

Home tickets are selling fast, while Newcastle are set to bring a large following to Priestfield, having been given an allocation of 1,295.

Scally said: “We haven’t played them for a long time, they are a decent side and it would be a good test for our players.”