Pardew overjoyed with St James' Park name change

Newcastle's home will get its old name back after Wonga deal. Photo: PA

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is 'overjoyed' after learning that he will be sending his team out to play at St James' Park once again.

Pardew admitted he and his players had been hurt by owner Mike Ashley's decision to rename the 52,000-capacity stadium as the Sport Direct Arena last year in a bid to showcase the naming rights, and he was delighted when wonga.com confirmed today that they had bought them and decided to revert to the traditional name.

He told Sky Sports News: "I'm a romantic, so the stadium change last year hurt me and hurt our team.

"It's one of those business decision that you can't get your head around at times as a football person.

"I made a point of saying that the same sign should go up, not a new one, the same sign, 'St James' Park', and I'm absolutely overjoyed with that."