Pardew praises Hughton influence
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has praised his predecessor Chris Hughton for the solid foundations he laid during his time on Tyneside.
Last Updated: 21/09/12 2:14pm
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has praised his predecessor Chris Hughton for the solid foundations he laid during his time on Tyneside.
Current Norwich manager Hughton is preparing to return to St James' Park for the first time on Saturday since being controversially sacked in December 2010.
Many thought the decision to release Hughton was unfair, given he had rebuilt the club following relegation in 2009, earned promotion from the Championship at the first attempt and guided them into the top half of the Premier League.
Pardew was the surprise choice to replace Hughton in the Magpies hotseat, guiding them to a 12th place finish at the end of the 2010-11 season.
Things got even better last campaign, with the club eventually finishing fifth and securing a place in the Europa League.
Pardew has been quick to praise the good work Hughton, who is set to receive a warm reception from the supporters, achieved during his time at the club.
The former West Ham and Charlton boss also admits that it made things easier for him upon his arrival.
"He deserves it [a good reception]," said Pardew. "I don't think there will be one fan who would begrudge singing his name, or whatever the fans decide to do.
"Certainly on my side, I said when I won my award at the end of the year that I found in here a winning spirit and a good organisation.
"Obviously, I wasn't party to why he was taken away from the job; I just did what I do when I arrived.
"Both of us could probably look each other in the eye and say we have done a decent job at Newcastle - so far on my part."
Norwich go into the game without a league win this season following three draws and one defeat from their opening four games.
Pardew sympathises with Hughton's task as he looks to negotiate the notoriously 'difficult' second season in the top flight.
"On his part now, he has a different agenda, a different project, and a tough one because Norwich second year in have not really had too much investment in the team - it's tough," he added.
"But they have got some good players and had some great results last season.
"It's a game that for us would probably put us in the top eight if we won, and that's obviously where we want to be."