Pardew wants a winning tribute to Speed

Thu, 01 Dec 15:52:43 2011

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping his players will pay the biggest tribute they can to Gary Speed by firing his former club to victory over Chelsea.

The Blues will arrive on Tyneside on Saturday for the first game to be played there since the famous St James' Park was controversially renamed the Sports Direct Arena, but with more important matters to the fore.

Sunday's announcement of Wales manager Speed's death sent shock waves throughout football and had a particular effect in Newcastle, where the former midfielder had worn the black and white number 11 shirt with such distinction during six and a half years with the club.

The Magpies will celebrate Speed's life before Saturday's game, and Pardew knows exactly how his players want to pay their own respects.

He said: "Our players will be desperate for us to win to pay a tribute in that way. We can't guarantee that, of course, but we are going to try.

"He was a great player here and a captain of this club, and he has been a big loss to us this week."


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