Alan Pardew insists Joe Kinnear does not interfere with any footballing matters at Newcastle after his return to the club

Magpies boss also has his say on the inpending Premier League season, the futures of Gareth Bale and Wayne Rooney and his desire to win the FA Cup

Alan Pardew has insisted that Joe Kinnear does not interfere in his management with the squad after the former Newcastle boss returned to the Tyneside club as director of football earlier this summer.

In an exclusive interview in the Evening Standard, Pardew spoke of requirement for him to have complete control over footballing matters, as well as the upcoming Premier League season in which the pressure is on the Magpies boss to turn around the club after their near-miss with relegation last time out.

“Joe absolutely does not interfere in my management of the team,” insists Pardew, who also says that Kinnear doesn’t go to the training ground either.

“Being a football manager of this sort of club and, with Joe an ex-manager [in 2009 when Newcastle went down], there can be no crossover.

“There can be no clouding or greying of the issue. I’m the football manager. I make all the football decisions that evolve around the game that’s being played on a Saturday.

“In terms of the transfers, that’s a different story. He’s going to have an opinion. I don’t have a problem with that.”

Having joined Newcastle in December 2010 as successor to the sacked Chris Hughton, Pardew now stands as the second longest serving manager in the Premier League behind Arsene Wenger – Sir Alex Ferguson had led the way before his retirement – who is about to take charge of his 18th season with Arsenal.

Pardew’s experience has led him to assess the top three clubs in the league and their chances, with the two Manchester side’s embarking on reigns with new managers while Chelsea will see the return of ‘The Special One’ Jose Mourinho.

“The Manchester City and Manchester United managers [Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes] will have a season where they will come under pressure. In his first year, David Moyes is going to find it difficult because it’s such a big jump from Everton.

“Mourinho is going back to what I consider his home and he will lift Chelsea, no doubt about that. He will certainly lift the crowd. I wouldn’t want to be the opposition in that first game [against promoted Hull] because it’s going to be a Mourinho love-in.

“I am a great admirer [of his]. I’m really pleased he is back. He’s amusing, a very multi-sided character, a great fellow and a great competitor.”

Pardew also believes that the changes at the top will bring the rest of the pack closer to the main title contenders.

“Arsene Wenger possibly is in a position to close the gap this year,” he says. “I expect the changes to draw all of them [last season’s top five] closer.”

Pardew had previously said: 'I'm my own man and will manage this club to best of my ability' Pardew had previously said: 'I'm my own man and will manage this club to best of my ability'  

 

The  52-year-old has also spoken on the transfer sagas that have dominated the headlines so far this summer, and what he believes is in store for Gareth Bale and Wayne Rooney.

“I think, within 12 months, Bale will be gone,” says Pardew. “At times something comes your way and you think it’s right . . . Wayne Rooney is in a similar position. It looks like he [Bale] wants to move. At the end of the day, the player’s mind is usually the deciding factor.

“I think of Luka Modric. He was the only one who stayed when all the signals were that he was going. Then he went a year later.

“A player’s mentality is very important. The five or 10 per cent where they’re not focused because of wanting to go somewhere is enough for them to haul off their quality. It impacts on everything. So, as a board and manager, you have to make a decision.”

Even if Bale does move abroad, Pardew believes Spurs have done enough transfer business to suggest they will remain in the hunt for the Champions League.

“They’re still going to be armed with the finance to make sure their team are definitely a Champions League competitor. There’s no doubt in my mind about that. As it is, they carry some fantastic footballers.”

Roberto Soldado scored on his debut for Spurs Roberto Soldado scored on his debut for Spurs  

 

“He’s (Soldado) a finisher, a real technical player so he will fit in nicely at Spurs and possibly fill the missing link of last year,” says Pardew. “They will be ­looking for big things from him. Those five clubs really and truly are a little distance away. They are a big step up for the rest of us.”

As far as his own side is concerned, Pardew is targeting a top-half finish – a vast improvement on last season’s 16th place finish – which had some quarters calling for Pardew’s dismissal at the end of the season.

He also believes that one of his former clubs, West Ham, will be challenging them for a top 10 finish.

“West Ham have an experienced manager in Sam [Allardyce], a very experienced captain in Kevin Nolan and, with the signing of Andy Carroll, they will be a top-10 team,” he said.

However, it is the return to the Premier League of one of his former clubs that really thrills him.

“Crystal Palace were my first club and one I hold dear to my heart. So I was jumping around the room when they made it. I can’t wait to go back to Selhurst Park. The Premier League’s a significant jump for Crystal Palace.

“When they were in the Premier League, they got themselves into difficult financial positions twice. They will be very conscious that doesn’t happen again. With Ian Holloway as manager, they’ll always be competitive. He’s that type of manager. So fingers crossed they have a fantastic season.”

It may be elsewhere though that Newcastle – and Pardew – succeed, with the manager having one eye firmly on the FA Cup having comes so close to winning the famous trophy on more than one occasion.

“The FA Cup has been a massive part of my career. I’ve been very close to winning it. I was seven minutes away, maybe 10, [as a player with Palace in 1990]; then as West Ham manager with the last kick of the game against Liverpool [in 2006]. So I’m desperate to win it and, hopefully, this year will bring some luck.”

He is hoping that the club can learn from their Europa League campaign last season, and admits that their European run took its toll on the squad, which he admits contributed to the lower than expected league finish.

“It’s very difficult for Premier League teams to do the Thursday/Sunday turnaround given the intensity we play at,” he says. “We possibly made a mistake with the squad not being big enough and took injuries. We addressed that in January, only to suffer even more injuries, which took away the impact of that particular transfer window. We think we will get a big benefit of that window now and Loic Remy has come from Queens Park Rangers.”

QPR striker Loic Remy joined Newcastle on a season-long loan QPR striker Loic Remy joined Newcastle on a season-long loan  

 

Remy’s arrival on a season’s loan despite turning them down in January in favour of QPR means there are almost a dozen Frenchmen in the first-team squad but  Pardew dismisses the idea that there is a language problem between them and the rest of the group.

He says: “I won’t even say anything in French, not even ‘oui’. My job is to integrate them and the way I do that is make them speak English as quickly as possible. It is very important they embrace the English culture and grasp the demands of the Premier League. One or two struggle but obviously having more French players here it is easier for them to adapt.”

 

Read the original interview with Alan Pardew by the Evening Standard's Mihir Bose

Suggested Topics
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Dunham
booksLena Dunham's memoirs - written at the age of 28 - are honest to the point of making you squirm
Arts and Entertainment
A bit rich: Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
tvDownton Abbey review: It's six months since we last caught up with the Crawley clan
Sport
Frank Lampard and his non-celebration
premier leagueManchester City vs Chelsea match report from the Etihad Stadium
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
A new app has been launched that enables people to have a cuddle from a stranger
techNew app offers 'PG alternative' to dating services like Tinder
News
Jacqueline Bisset has claimed that young women today are obsessed with being 'hot', rather than 'charming', 'romantic' or 'beautiful'
people
Arts and Entertainment
Jake Quickenden sings his heart out in his second audition
tvX Factor: How did the Jakes - and Charlie Martinez - fare?
Sport
premier league
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvOnly remaining original cast-member to leave crime series
Sport
Mario Balotelli celebrates his first Liverpool goal
premier leagueLiverpool striker expressed his opinion about the 5-3 thriller with Leicester - then this happened
News
Britain's shadow chancellor Ed Balls (L) challenges reporter Rob Merrick for the ball during the Labour Party versus the media soccer match,
peopleReporter left bleeding after tackle from shadow Chancellor in annual political football match
Arts and Entertainment
Female fans want more explicit male sex in Game of Thrones, George R R Martin says
tvSpoiler warning: Star of George RR Martin's hit series says viewers have 'not seen the last' of him/her
News
i100
News
i100
Sport
Plenty to ponder: Amir Khan has had repeated problems with US immigration because of his Muslim faith and now American television may shun him
boxing
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments