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Newcastle boss Pardew charms Russian reporters

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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