Pardew makes Carroll pledge
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Alan Pardew insists he is ready for a tough job as the new Newcastle United manager and that keeping Andy Carroll is his top priority.
Pardew has signed a five-and-a-half year contract at St James' Park to replace Chris Hughton, who was controversially given the sack on Monday, and will look to start leading the Magpies away from the relegation zone.
The appointment of the former Reading, West Ham and Southampton boss has not exactly been warmly welcomed on Tyneside and Pardew has been accepting of the reaction.
"I know they [the fans] are frustrated, that's fairly obvious by the reaction. I'm not going to say I have kept away from it, I have tried to keep up to date with the frustration," Pardew said.
"They probably thought they had some stability with Chris and that's gone, and the record of managers who have come and gone here, it doesn't bode well.
"I am trying to say that I will work as hard as I possibly can here to get a situation where I can bring some longevity to the job."
One thing that might well have gone down well punters looking to use their free bet is the fact that Pardew moved quickly to reject talk that star striker Andy Carroll could be sold to raise funds for a transfer kitty.
"Andy Carroll was at the top of my list of questions because he needs to stay," he said.
"This club has been crying out for another number nine and he looks like he's fitting the bill, so I made it very clear that he needs to stay."
Newcastle, who currently lie in 12th place in the league and four points above the relegation zone, will be looking to end a disappointing and inconsistent start to the season at St James' Park when they host Liverpool on Saturday evening in Pardew's first match at the helm.