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The Magpies’ manager believes the beleaguered young Portuguese tactician will succeed at Stamford Bridge, but accepts there is no better time to meet the west Londoners

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has offered his support to Chelsea counterpart Andre Villas-Boas ahead of the Premier League encounter between the two sides at St James’ Park on Saturday.

The Blues are on a poor run of form, having only one two in their last nine fixtures in all competitions, most recently crashing out of the League Cup to Liverpool on Tuesday.

But Pardew insists that the former Porto boss is the right man for the job, reminding fans that the side have endured tough times before and managed to recover.

"Chelsea are a side filled with icons of the Premier League, fantastic players, and they will come here and put their reputations on the line," he said.

"They are having a tough spell, but they have had them before and have been through these periods.

"The new manager is trying to make changes and that is always difficult in an established group, like they are.

"I think they will get it right and I think he will get it right, but I hope that doesn't happen against us because we want to win the game."

However, the former West Ham manager did concede that, while his side are the underdogs, it is an ideal time to be playing Chelsea.

"It will still be a very difficult game for us and we certainly aren't favourites," he continued.

"The results they are having at this moment, sure, it is probably a good time to play Chelsea.

"But if I know the players they have there, they will be trying to prove everybody wrong, and that is what they've done for the last eight or ten years.

"They have been one of the most successful teams in Europe and we have to face that.

"But we do feel that we've got a chance in this game because our form is very, very strong and that is what we focus on - ourselves."

Newcastle currently occupy fourth in the Premier League table, a point ahead of the Blues who lie in fifth, and have only been beaten once this season.

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