Alan Pardew was hired as Newcastle’s new manager on a 5 1/2-year deal on Thursday.
Pardew took over from Chris Hughton, who was fired by Newcastle on Monday despite leading the northeast club back into England’s top division at the first attempt and into a midtable position.
The 49-year-old Pardew, whose first match in charge will be against Liverpool at St James’ Park on Saturday, was fired as manager of second-tier team Southampton in August.
“Chris Hughton did a great job last season, guiding the club back to the Premier League,” Pardew said.
“It is my aim to build on that now and take this club forward.”