FORMER Saints boss Alan Pardew has been confirmed as Newcastle United's new manager.
The 49-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal at St James' Park, replacing Chris Hughton at the helm.
Pardew said: "I am honoured and privileged to have been given this opportunity at Newcastle United, one of the truly great clubs in English football.
"I understand what this club means to its supporters. Throughout the football world people recognise that this is a unique club in many ways, with supporters who are second to none in their
loyalty, passion and devotion for the team.
"I'm not a Geordie of course, but I'm a football person with a love of the game and I can assure you I bring great drive, desire and commitment to the job.
"Chris Hughton did a great job last season, guiding the club back to the Premier League, and he continued that good work this season.
"It is my aim to build on that now and take this club forward.
"I have always managed teams that have played attacking positive football, something I know the supporters here appreciate.
"At the same time I intend to focus on developing exciting young players through the club's excellent academy and development squad, and I know the board here at St James' Park are very committed
to that too.
"I can't wait to get started and what better way to kick-off than welcoming Liverpool to St James' Park on Saturday."