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Pardew 'won't hide' from Toon issues

ESPN staff
July 10, 2013
Alan Pardew is ready for a tough season © Getty Images

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has insisted he "won't run and won't hide" as he prepares for the new season, vowing to rise above the uncertainty that is surrounding his club.

The controversial appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football has further unsettled a Newcastle ship Pardew steered with increasing concern towards the end of last season, yet the manager is convinced the good times can roll for him again on Tyneisde.

"I won't run away, I won't hide," he is quoted in The Sun. "When we finished fifth (in the 2011/12 season), I didn't have to show too many sides of my character because the team was doing well.

"A lot of adulation came our way and the momentum was with us. Last year, I couldn't have had any more turmoil put in front of me with injuries and the Europa League, but I think I showed the fans that I am resilient.

"I'd like to think through all of the adversity last year, I tried to carry the club with respect. I didn't lose my control or lose my temper with the players or the press. Those qualities will serve me better this year. Hopefully we will have a more successful season."

Meanwhile, Pardew has hit out at the comments of new Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc, who hinted he is set to make a move for Newcastle's French midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

When asked if he had been irritated by the speculation, Pardew said: "A little bit. I don't think that's right. He can get on the phone to me or make a bid. I think that's the right way to do it. I think the way it's come out isn't perhaps respectful to Yohan. That's something I want to talk to him about."

If Kinnear is to be believed, any discussions over Cabaye's future at the club will be handled by the club's new transfer tsar, yet Pardew's comments suggests he still believes he will have a big say in the future of his star.

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