Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has his eyes on England – eventually

Reading 2 Newcastle 2

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says he still wants to be England manager – but only after serving out his new eight-year contract on Tyneside.

The 51-year-old arrived at the Sports Direct Arena to replace the popular Chris Hughton in 2010 and, after seeing his reputation soar with United's fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last season, has made no secret of his desire to manage England.

But after signing a new contract with the club last week, the former Southampton manager is taking the long view. "I do have ambitions internationally – I would like to do that at some point," he said

"Hopefully, I will see this contract out and then see what I'm going to do later on. I have always felt that a person can be a success as England manager. I won't change my opinion on that, but I don't think it's easy.

"Roy Hodgson probably has a tough spell as England manager because our pool of players is not as great as it used to be. Ultimately my ambition might reach that conclusion: to be England manager. It's not something I would not do, and it's not something I want to do right now."

Pardew, whose side drew 2-2 at Reading on Saturday thanks to two goals from Demba Ba, also praised Newcastle owner Mike Ashley after the pair's recent contract negotiations, revealing it was the Magpies' owner who suggested the length of the deal.

"Both of us looked at the contract and felt it lacked a bit of security. So this contract is more secure for Mike in terms of keeping me at the football club," he said.

"The eight years came from Mike. I never got to the point of talking about how long I wanted the contract for. He spoke to me about eight years – and I thought: 'OK!'"

Match facts

Reading: McCARTHY 6/10; Cummings 6; Marriapa 6; GORKSS 6; Shorey 7; Kebe 7; Karacan 7; Leigertwood 7; McAnuff 8; Hunt 7; Pogrebnyak 8

Newcastle: HARPER 6; SANTON 5; S TAYLOR 6; WILLIAMSON 5; PERCH 6; TIOTE 7; GUTIERREZ 6; BIGIRIMANA 6; BEN ARFA 6; BA 7; CISSE 6

Goals: Reading: Kebe 57, Hunt 62. Newcastle: Ba 58, 83. Subs: Rea McCleary 5 (Kebe, 70), Roberts (Pogrebnyak, 78), Le Fondre (Hunt, 86). New Tavernier 5 (Taylor, 56), Ferguson 5 (Bigirimana, 70), Ameobi 5 (Cisse, 70). Booked: New Perch, Williamson, Gutierrez. Man of match Pogrebnyak. Match rating 7/10. Poss: Rea 48%. New 52%. On target: Rea 5. New 2. Ref A Marriner (West Midlands). Att 24,097.

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