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Bruce says North East 'not an easy place to manage'

Hull City boss Steve Bruce offered sympathy to Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew ahead of their Premier League clash this weekend.

Bruce, who spent 18 months as Sunderland manager between 2009 and 2011, said the North East is 'not an easy place to manage'. Bruce also said reports suggesting that he is being lined-up replace Pardew at Newcastle were 'hugely disrespectful'.

Newcastle welcome Hull to St James' Park tomorrow afternoon.

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Pardew claims Colback's move to Newcastle helped secure England call-up

Colback has impressed since joining Newcastle Credit: PA

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said he is convinced Jack Colback's move from Sunderland to Newcastle was a key factor in his first England call-up.

The 24-year-old midfielder was a surprise inclusion in Roy Hodgson's squad for next month's friendly against Norway and the Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland just weeks after leaving Sunderland, where he had been since the age of 10.

Pardew believes the way Colback has negotiated his controversial switch from Wearside to Tyneside will not have gone unnoticed at Soho Square.

The 53-year-old said: "It's great for north-east football, because he did a lot of this [to earn his] call-up at Sunderland."

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Alan Pardew: 'Newcastle have best fans in the world'

Alan Pardew Credit: PA

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has hailed the club's fans the best in the world - even though most of the 2,000 spent Monday night chanting 'six in a row'.

The 3-0 loss was the Magpies' sixth straight Barclays Premier League defeat and supporters continued their campaign to see him removed as manager.

Goals from Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Oliver Giroud were enough to push Arsenal to the brink of Champions League qualification while, for Newcastle, it appears they are ambling towards a top-half finish. But the Newcastle faithful turned on their manager with chants of "we want Pardew out".

Despite all of that Pardew, who was back on the touchline following a seven-game ban for headbutting Hull's David Meyler, was full of praise for the supporters.

"We've got the best fans in the world," he declared.

Pardew backs Newcastle stalwart to manage

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has backed Shola Ameobi to follow him into management.

He is a very important leader. He is a player who is going to have a huge future on the coaching and managerial front himself.

He has had great experience here. You have to remember, he has experienced the real heady days under [Sir] Bobby [Robson] and some disappointing days as well.

He has seen it all and that gives him great experience for this particular club, and that's why he is very, very important in my changing room.

– NEWCASTLE UNITED MANAGER ALAN PARDEW

NUFC: Pardew reacts to criticism

A minority of Newcastle United supporters were calling for the Manager's head last weekend.

Alan Pardew came under fire as his team lost at Stoke, continuing a dismal sequence of premier league results.

The Magpies boss has had a few days to reflect on the fans anger and today he responded to criticism aimed at him and his team.

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