Alan Pardew wants to become the longest serving manager in Newcastle's history

Alan Pardew: Admits it will be the fans who decide if he stays or goes

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is determined to become the longest serving manager in the club's history after penning a new eight-year contract.

The 51-year-old was an unpopular appointment at St James' Park soon after the sacking of Chris Hughton 18 months ago, but he has proved the critics wrong with a string of astute signings and leading the Magpies into Europe.

But Pardew is determined to add to the club's sole Fairs Cup success in 1969 with more trophies in the cabinet in the years ahead.

However, Pardew has also made it clear that he will only remain on Tyneside until his contract expires in 2020 if the fans still want him to stay.

Pardew told The Daily Star: "Ultimately, it's the fans who will decide whether I'm the manager, not the board. I know that.

"But I do recall David Moyes having a difficult year at Everton and they stuck with him and that's proved to be massively beneficial.

"I feel that I'm going to get that opportunity here.

"It might just be that extra game or two when you get that massive result and the fans are back on your side. It gives you the benefit of the doubt when that's beginning to go out of the window.

"Since I signed three or four days ago, I've had a kind of realisation of what a position I'm in, in terms of being the manager.

"It's a proud moment and now I've just got to do it justice."

And he added: "This club gives me a great opportunity to win a trophy. We have a great team, great players and a great staff."