Pardew: I stand by my decisions
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Pardew has been heavily active in the transfer market since his arrival at Upton Park earlier this season - and the departure of Defoe also allowed the arrival of Bobby Zamora.
"I honestly believe the decision I made last Sunday at 6pm when Jermain left for Spurs and the club received £7 million plus Bobby Zamora was the right one," Pardew told The Sun.
"My judgement will be scrutinised if we go up. I am saying players I have brought in - Bobby, Haden Mullins Nigel Reo-Coker, Marlon Harewood and Joel McAnuff are good enough to play in The Premiership.
"I have not bought them to play in the First Division for three years, Zamora is a Premiership player in the first division. Reo-Coker - I have no doubt - will make it.
"Mullins will be a real asset in The Premiership. He's the type you can give a job to - for example, go and look after Thierry Henry, take care of David Dunn and he will do it.
"You need players with big balls here and the one thing I ask before signing is 'can you handle 35,000 crowds?' because they're gonna give you stick."
Pardew admitted that his ultimate target is to take charge of England - but the ambitious young manager is fully focused on the job at Upton Park for now.
"The next level is always in front of top players and it's the same with ambitious managers.
"I was a Second Division manager at Reading, I wanted to be in the First.
"I'm a First Division manager here and I want to be in The Premiership.
"What's my next step? After this club I want to be England manager, a blue-riband manager.
"If you don't have that ambition then what's the point?
"But I'm not going to be England manager next year. I'm here at West Ham for the long haul."