ALAN Pardew has ruled himself out of contention for the Tottenham vacancy, insisting he wants to be part of Newcastle’s “bright” future.
Pardew was one of the names mentioned in the wake of Harry Redknapp’s surprise dismissal in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Although not understood to be a front-runner, Pardew’s sterling work at St James’ Park will inevitably lead to links with other jobs – and Tottenham’s vacancy is closer to his family’s southern base.
With the Newcastle boss having scooped both manager of the year awards for leading United back into Europe and to the brink of a Champions League place, it is no surprise that his name is being mentioned in boardrooms when jobs come up.
But the Newcastle boss re-iterated his desire to continue in the North East – and said that his focus remains on trying to push United on after their excellent fifth-placed finish last season.
Pardew was part of the BBC panel for yesterday’s Euro 2012 coverage and delivered an unequivocal response when asked by presenter Gary Lineker about the job.
“No (the job would not interest me),” he said.
“Newcastle has gone terrifically well, we’ve got such a good young side and I’m just hoping we keep it all together for next year and have another go at it because we’ll have a good go.”
Redknapp’s dismissal caught Pardew by surprise but he admits that in football you have to be prepared for an owner to decide to go in a different direction.
The Newcastle boss had originally backed the former Spurs boss for the England job and admitted he was surprised that the Football Association had overlooked Redknapp in favour of Roy Hodgson.
That shock was doubled by his departure from Tottenham – just over four months to the day since Newcastle were thrashed 5-0 at White Hart Lane.
“If you’re the manager of the football club, you can’t do much more. Harry has done a magnificent job,” he said.
“If you’re the owner and you want to take the club in a different direction and change the manager, no-one’s party to that reason.”
Meanwhile, Pardew said he was hopeful of keeping both of his star Senegal strikers together next season after a raft of rumours linked Demba Ba with a move to Turkey. Although he candidly admitted he was not sure of his striker’s intentions, he wants to keep both on Tyneside.
“Demba and Cisse were brilliant for us last year – we’re hoping the same for us next,” he said.