Pardew backs Hughton to replicate Newcastle successes at Norwich

The 51-year-old has praised the work that the former Magpies manager achieved with the club and hopes he receives a great reception on his return to Tyneside on Sunday

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has backed his Norwich City counterpart, Chris Hughton, to bring similar success to Carrow Road as he did during time at Sports Direct Arena.

The former Tottenham assistant manager took over at the Magpies following the club’s relegation to the Championship at the end of the 2008-09 season, guiding them to an immediate return to the Premier League and impressive victories over Arsenal and a 5-1 thumping of rivals Sunderland.

However, Hughton was surprisingly sacked in December despite holding a mid-table position and Pardew, an initially unpopular replacement, believes his former will replicate that form at Carrow Road.

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"Both of us could probably look each other in the eye and say

we have done a decent job at Newcastle - so far on my part,” Pardew told reporters.  

"On his part now, he has a different agenda, a different project, and a tough one because Norwich second year in have not really had too much investment in the team - it's tough.

"But they have got some good players and had some great results last season.

"It's a game that for us would probably put us in the top eight if we won, and that's obviously where we want to be."

Pardew is expecting Hughton to receive a positive reception from the home fans on Sunday, he hopes that the result will end on an unhappy note for the former Birmingham City boss.

"Yes, unhappy on a professional level, that's all,” Pardew added.

"He deserves it [a good reception]. I don't think there will be one fan who would begrudge singing his name, or whatever the fans decide to do.

"Certainly on my side, I said when I won my award at the end of the year that I found in here a winning spirit and a good organisation.

"Obviously, I wasn't party to why he was taken away from the job, I just did what I do when I arrived."