Alan Pardew aims to bring honesty onto the pitch at Newcastle United

POINTING THE WAY: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew. Picture by FRANK REID
POINTING THE WAY: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew. Picture by FRANK REID

ALAN Pardew says he won’t change his approach at Newcastle United as he looks to bring trophies and Champions League football back to Tyneside.

Many fans called for Pardew to be sacked last season after two early cup exits and a dismal run of results in the second half of the Premier League campaign.

Supporters booed the 53-year-old when he stepped out of the dugout during the last home game of the season against Cardiff City.

But United owner Mike Ashley kept faith with Pardew, who is confident his new-look team can again challenge for European football after significant summer investment in the squad.

And Newcastle open their campaign with a fixture against the champions Manchester City at St James’s Park tomorrow.

Asked his relationship with the supporters, Pardew said: “I’ve been here long enough not to have to play politics with the fans.

“I think they know I’m an honest person. I think they know that I work hard to try to achieve success at this club.

“I’m going to try to bring that honesty on to the pitch. I have to make tough decisions.

“I’ll make the ones I think are right to take this club as close as we can to winning something, or to getting us as close as we can to the Champions League, or even into the Champions League, at some stage.

“I need to grow the team and build it as I go.

“At the back end of last season, I felt the team was nowhere near that. We had to improve it and we have.

“Now I’ve got to make sure that’s replicated in results.”