Pardew gave Ox his first team debut at Southampton.
â€śHe was a crucial person in my development, and the way he brought me into the first-team was really the start of my career,â€ť he said. â€śI thank him for that. I said hello to him tonight and he has shown that heâ€™s a great manager. Iâ€™m sure Newcastle will back him 100% and he has all of the qualities to turn this around. Heâ€™s a likeable character.
â€śHe doesnâ€™t beat around the bush and players respect that. He gives good advice when you need to do better.
â€śHeâ€™s shown he can come back from difficult moments. Heâ€™s had results in the past that have been tough, but his teams always come back fighting. Itâ€™s never easy to play any of his teams, so Iâ€™m confident he will do well.â€ť