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Alan Pardew acknowledged he faces a difficult task winning over the Newcastle fans as he was unveiled as manager on Thursday afternoon.

Pardew has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with the Barclays Premier League team, following the departure of Chris Hughton earlier in the week.

Hughton left the Magpies 12th in the table and Pardew told a press conference, televised by Sky Sports News: "I'm privileged to be sitting here and looking forward to a tough job. But it's difficult because it's fairly obvious the players and fans had tremendous respect for Chris and the fact he's gone has caused something of a stir."

Pardew continued: "The problem I'm going to have initially is the players - I need to get my message across quickly and with clarity so as not to get any resentment at a time when they are doing reasonably well.

"The battles I need to win are on the pitch. I understood what was going to happen if I took the job and that's a daunting prospect but to be manager is something I couldn't turn down."

On the length of the deal, the 49-year-old added: "I wanted to be tough on the length of contract and give myself as much stability at a club that hasn't had much stability with managers.

"Managers have come and gone here. It doesn't bode well so I'm trying to say I will work as hard as I possibly can here to get a situation where I can bring some longevity to the job.

"I represent the fans. I'm an employee of the club but I'll be knocking on the door trying to get the maximum funds I can to make the club the best it can be. I've never had a problem with that in the past. In the past I have convinced owners to have faith and trust in me to invest. Obviously I've got to gain that.

"I think I've got a good record in the Premier League but I'm not going to compare myself to what Chris has done - because he's done a super job.

"But I'm a competent manager, I give fans information and don't withhold anything. I like to think the players will grow to respect me and what I do. I've never really had a problem with playing staff and I hope that continues here."

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