Pardew delighted with Toon return

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew believes his side deserve an eight out of ten for their return to the Barclays Premier League.

After a promising start to the campaign under Chris Hughton, the Toon started heading south and defeat and West Bromwich Albion saw the end of his reign at St James' Park.

Pardew took over in December, and has helped put the Magpies in a position where a top half finish is now possible with only one game left to go, ironically against the Baggies.

"Including Chris' time as manager here, you would have to give it an eight," Pardew told the media.

"In terms of the expectations and the amount of finance that was spent in the summer, the fact that we lost Hatem [Ben Arfa] to a broken leg, that we sold Andy Carroll, yes, I would give it as high as that."

Avoiding the drop was the primary target for last season's Championship winners, but now Newcastle will be looking to cement their place in the English top flight and building on the success of the current campaign.


"If you looked at our squad, you would have to say on paper, it didn't look the strongest for the results we have had, and that's a great thing, but we need to carry that over into next year and hopefully be stronger," he continued.

The former Southampton boss was a surprise appointment at the club, but has quickly proved the doubters wrong and is loving life at Newcastle now.

"I have really enjoyed it. People have been tremendous and the players and the squad and the staff here - I have got to be honest, I think we have pulled above our weight and long may that continue."

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