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YOUR TYNE HAS COME; ALAN PARDEW EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: BRIAN McNALLY

ALAN PARDEW'S campaign to earn the respect of the Toon Army will see him put down roots in the north-east.

Londoner Pardew was a far from popular choice when he was parachuted in as Newcastle boss to replace the sacked Chris Hughton.

However, he is determined to show his commitment to the black-and-white cause by buying a house on Tyneside.

And, having listened to advice from Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson - who advised him not to get stereotyped as "a London manager"- Pardew believes he can win over the Geordie nation by matching their ambitions and aspirations and expanding his own horizons.

Pardew said: "Of course, it is important to put down roots in this part of the world. I am renting a house at the moment, but once we get to the summer I'll start looking at what sort of property is going to work for me.

"I'm under no illusions about the size of this job.

"And if you are going to work hard at football club you need to be around it."

But Pardew admits that the passion and fervour of the Newcastle fans is devouring all his spare time in a way he has never experienced before.

He explained: "The thing that comes across in Newcastle is the genuine passion of the fan - on matchday and Monday to Friday when you bump into them.

"It is unique.

"Management of yourself is difficult at this football club.

"I don't really get as much time for myself and my family as I would like. That is the responsibility of this job.

"I am new to it and probably doing too much at times when I should be delegating." Pardew was subjected to scathing fan abuse when Newcastle went behind 4-0 in the thrilling 4-4 draw with Arsenal, but he believes that is because they still don't know him.

He said: "The Newcastle fan doesn't genuinely feel they know me.They're probably still undecided as to what I am about.

"Is he honest? Hard working? What is he? So when you get something that goes as badly wrong as that first half against Arsenal they are going to voice that unease. I don't think what happened with those leaving before the end - it would be nice to send them a DVD of the whole match - and things beings said to the manager was unusual.

"It's a passionate game and comes with good and bad.

"Only time can buy me the respect of the real Newcastle fan. That is all I am working towards.

"What I am confident about is that the vision I have got for the club will be backed by the chairman.

"Only what happens in the summer will back that up."

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FOUR PLAY: Alan Pardew (left) celebrates that famous comeback against Arsenal ADVICE: Sir Alex Ferguson
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2011
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