ALAN Pardew isn’t mad about about his Southampton sacking – but the Newcastle United manager still wants to get even.
Pardew was dismissed from his post at the St Mary’s Stadium in August 2010.
However, Pardew wasn’t out of work long – he took over at St James’s Park four months later – and he hasn’t looked backed since heading to Tyneside.
Pardew – the 2011-12 Premier League Manager of the Season – guided the club into the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday night.
The club’s focus now turns to Premier League survival.
With Southampton ahead of 16th-placed Newcastle on goal difference, tomorrow’s game at St James’s Park is effectively a six-pointer.
United were disappointingly beaten 2-0 at the St Mary’s Stadium in late November, and Pardew is keen to put that result right – and see the club climb the table.
“Trust me, I want to win this game more than anyone,” Pardew said.
“I’ve got a lot of friends who I love in Southampton. They were happy when they beat us, but we’re a little bit stronger this time.
Hopefully, we’ll win.”
Pardew was sacked by Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese, who was criticised for dismissing Nigel Adkins last month.
While still of the belief the decision was “unjust”, Pardew – who guided the club to a win in the Football League Trophy is adamant he doesn’t feel any bitterness towards Cortese.
“I’ve always had faith in my ability,” he added.
“I thought when I got the sack from Southampton it was unjust and still to this day think that, like the manager who’s just gone (Adkins), if I’m honest.
“I ain’t bitter about it – it’s not going to eat me up – but I do want to win.”