Newcastle boss Pardew hoping Arsenal win Champions League for Wenger

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is backing Arsene Wenger's Arsenal to win the Champions League this season.

Newcastle host the Gunners today.

Pardew said: “I think clubs can learn from Arsenal. What a job he has done there. I know it’s some time since he won a trophy but no one can ever take away from him what he has achieved, especially that ‘Invincibles’ season.

“I really hope he wins the Champions League this season. I think he deserves it for the career he has had.

“I think longevity is important, I really do. There is a lot of decision-making for managers these days and only an experienced manager can make those decisions.

“But a lot of decisions are being taken away from us. Some are right and proper, especially about finance. When I was at Reading, I used to do all that.

“But there are other decisions that are being made, not particularly at this club but at other clubs, that I think are making it difficult for managers.

“It’s difficult to get longevity because there’s not that loyalty. I think the game needs to look at that.’’

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