Pardew gave Ox his first team debut at Southampton.
āHe was a crucial person in my development, and the way he brought me into the first-team was really the start of my career,ā he said. āI thank him for that. I said hello to him tonight and he has shown that heās a great manager. Iām sure Newcastle will back him 100% and he has all of the qualities to turn this around. Heās a likeable character.
āHe doesnāt beat around the bush and players respect that. He gives good advice when you need to do better.
āHeās shown he can come back from difficult moments. Heās had results in the past that have been tough, but his teams always come back fighting. Itās never easy to play any of his teams, so Iām confident he will do well.ā