The shock Derek Llambias decision that angered Newcastle United fans

Alan Pardew was appointed manager of Newcastle United a decade ago today.

Pardew succeeded the popular Chris Hughton at St James’s Park – and there was a backlash from fans. Pardew, appointed by then-managing director Derek Llambias, addressed the reaction from supporters after arriving on Tyneside.

The 49-year-old said: “I know they (the fans) are frustrated – that’s fairly obvious by the reaction. I’m not going to say I’ve kept away from it – I’ve tried to keep up to date with the frustration.

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“They probably thought they had some stability with Chris – and that’s gone. I’m trying to say that I’ll work as hard as I possibly can here to get a situation where I can bring some longevity to the job.”

Alan Pardew.Alan Pardew.
Alan Pardew.

United, under Pardew, went on to finish 12th in the Premier League. The following season, Pardew’s side finished fifth and qualified for the Europa League. Pardew left his post in December 2014 to take over at Crystal Palace, his former club.

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