Newcastle boss Pardew charms Russian reporters

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew charmed the local Russian reporters ahead of their Europa League tie with Anzhi.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew charmed the local Russian reporters ahead of their Europa League tie with Anzhi.

Pardew was sporting a beard as he conducted his pre-match press conference, a tribute, he said, to a country famed for its facial hair.

That amused the locals, as did his comment about his head-to-head battle with renowned coach Guus Hiddink.

He said: "I think if we win this tie, [owner] Mike Ashley should put me on his salary."

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