Pardew: Hammers fans must move with times

September 15, 2006

West Ham manager Alan Pardew has urged fans not to fear the onset of change at the club.

There is a potential takeover bid in the pipeline and West Ham have already broken the mould by signing Argentina internationals Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez in unusual circumstances.

Pardew vowed at the weekend he would do all he can to protect the 'integrity and history' of the club.

But he insists that if West Ham are to join the Premiership's front-runners they need to move forward.

Ahead of the clash against Newcastle at Upton Park on Sunday, Pardew said: 'People don't like change. Changing house, changing city, it is all disruptive and you are knocked out of your comfort area. But I have always been for that.

'I think change is a good thing and if it goes ahead I am looking forward to it. I don't fear it.

'We have two fantastic players here who have got great careers ahead of them. Let's just enjoy it.'