Return delights 'romantic' Pardew

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was celebrating after learning that he will be sending his team out at St James' Park once again.

Pardew admitted he and his players had been hurt by owner Mike Ashley's decision to rename the 52,000-capacity stadium as the Sport Direct Arena last year in a bid to showcase the naming rights, and he was delighted when confirmed on Tuesday that they had bought them and decided to revert to the traditional name.

He told Sky Sports News: "I'm a romantic, so the stadium change last year hurt me and hurt our team. It's one of those business decision that you can't get your head around at times as a football person."

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