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Newcastle United make Alan Pardew new boss

Alan Pardew used to manage West Ham

Newcastle United have made ex-West Ham boss Alan Pardew their new manager.

The Premier League club sacked Chris Houghton as boss on Monday - even though they were 11th in the league.

Pardew was rumoured to be on the club's managers list - and the Magpies have given him the job in time for their big game against Liverpool on Saturday.

It won't be easy though - Newcastle haven't won any of their past six league games.