Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 2/10/12
Alan Pardew has ruled himself out of taking any part in the managerial merry-go-round sparked by Fabio Capello's resignation as England manager on Wednesday. Pardew was installed among the favourites to succeed Capello behind clear front-runner Harry Redknapp. Should Redknapp's favouritism prove well-founded, there would also be a vacancy to fill at Tottenham and the Magpies manager has already been touted as a possible replacement for that job too. However, having insisted he is not a candidate for the England job and that he wants to stay on Tyneside, Pardew was adopting a measured approach on Thursday. He said: "It's nice, it's flattering, but football is a strange game. Your flag goes up the pole and comes down just as quickly, so you mustn't get carried away. "We are doing a good job at the minute and we are obviously pleased with that." Pardew, of course, has only been in his post at Newcastle since December 2010, and the 50-year-old's stock has risen markedly since he was parachuted in, to the horror of many fans, as a replacement for the popular Chris Hughton. However, the progress made on and off the field under his charge has been little short of staggering, and Newcastle head for Tottenham on Saturday evening sitting in fifth place in the Barclays Premier League table. In reaffirming is commitment to the club, Pardew admitted he is excited at what might lie ahead. He said: "I am excited by the fact that we have got a good group of players and we have got good talent in that group. "We are trying to challenge as best we can in the Premier League, and we are doing a good job at the moment." Newcastle owner Mike Ashley arrived at the club's Darsley Park training headquarters shortly after Pardew had completed his regular pre-match press conference on Thursday morning, although his presence on Tyneside was down to routine business. By coincidence, he touched down as the manager he controversially appointed sought to distance himself from the race to succeed Capello. Asked about the England job, he said: "Firstly as an Englishman, I am proud to be in that sort of frame, but it's not for me and I will make that quite clear. I am not even in the running as far as I am concerned. "I am very, very happy here at Newcastle. We are on a little project here that's going really well and I want to see it through. "The passion and everything about this place is why I want to stay here." Pardew, who joined the groundswell of support for Redknapp, was also questioned about the implications should the hot-seat at Spurs become available, but was equally unequivocal. He said: "I am quite happy where I am. I want to stay here and see this job through." Pardew admitted Saturday's visit to White Hart Lane might now have added spice, and will certainly be no easier for his side if Redknapp's players and the home side's supporters plead with their manager to stay where he is too. He said: "It's probably going to make it a little bit more difficult. The place will be buoyant. "But we can only go and do the best job we can do. We are a strong team and we are in good form, so we have just got to take that to the arena and hopefully cope with all that's going on." Meanwhile, Pardew confirmed that striker Leon Best could miss the rest of the season with the knee injury he suffered in last weekend's 2-1 win over Aston Villa after a scan confirmed medial ligament damage. He said: "I think it will be very doubtful that we see him (again), and that's a shame for us because he has been great." Harry Redknapp looked haggard at his pre-match press conference and admitted the trial had taken its toll on him. The 64-year-old insists he will be back to his usual chirpy self on Saturday, however, when he returns to the home dugout at White Hart Lane having cleared any thoughts about the trial from his mind. "It's great to be back," said Redknapp, who admits he would consider taking the England manager's job but insists he will not be able to combine the role with his current position as Tottenham boss. "It (the trial) knocked me for six. I haven't felt so good for the last couple of days. I went down with the flu. I was a bit low but I feel good. "It was always a case of things were going well on the pitch, but I always had that other thing hanging over me - that was a problem for me. Thankfully it's gone now so we will move on." Redknapp missed Monday night's draw at Liverpool as the private jet which Spurs had chartered to take him to Anfield suffered technical difficulties. Without him, the Londoners battled to a gutsy goalless draw which Redknapp saw as a point gained, rather than two lost, due to the injuries that caused him to pick a threadbare team for the game on Merseyside. Rafael van der Vaart missed the game with a calf problem and will be absent again on Saturday, but Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe are fit after overcoming hamstring complaints. Redknapp, whose team trail league leaders Manchester City by seven points, is expecting a tough game against Newcastle, who have defied all the odds to climb to fifth under Alan Pardew. "They are playing well so it will be really hard," Redknapp said. "It has the makings of a great game. Alan Pardew has done a fantastic job there. "He wasn't really wanted when he took over from Chris Hughton, who was popular, but he has won the fans round and you have to give him and (owner) Mike Ashley credit for that."
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