New Toon boss searches for player backing

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Alan Pardew will begin the process of trying to placate the Newcastle dressing room on Friday following his appointment as manager.

The 49-year-old spoke briefly to Kevin Nolan on Thursday before he was unveiled as Chris Hughton's successor after signing a five-and-a-half-year contract.

Pardew said: "Even without speaking to Kevin - I only spoke to Kevin briefly on the phone - it's obvious that Chris is much-liked in that dressing room.

"I can't think of a player in the group that I have managed, so I am somewhat of a mystery to the group, so I need to make sure that when I come in, the players understand I am a fair manager who will give them every opportunity to excel."

He added: "It's very, very important that I get some stability back to the dressing room and calm their fears down."

Eyebrows were raised when the length of Pardew's contract was confirmed as owner Mike Ashley attempts to implement his long-term plan.

He became the club's sixth manager in the three-and-a-half years to date the sportswear magnate has been at the helm, and it is understood his deal includes lucrative bonus clauses.

The Londoner was keeping the details of his contract to himself, but insisted money was not his main motivation in accepting the job.

Pardew said: "The contract is confidential, if I am honest, but the whole purpose of the contract for me was more about the future and the stability than the money.

"That's not been the highest priority. Of course, you are highly paid as a Premier League manager, but it's not the be all and end all, it's trying to get a contract where you have got a chance of success.

"I genuinely feel I have put that in place. Now I have to back it up with results and hopefully put pressure on the owner as much as I can to get funds to build the team."

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