Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dummett on His Mission to Prove Pardew Wrong

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dummett on His Mission to Prove Pardew Wrong

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Byline: CHRIS WAUGH Sports Writer chris.waugh@trinitymirror.com @CHRISDHWAUGH

PAUL Dummett has revealed he vowed to prove Alan Pardew wrong after the former Newcastle United manager told him that he wasn't "good enough" to play for the Magpies' first team.

The 26-year-old is now the longest-serving first-team player in the Newcastle squad and has made 127 appearances to date for his boyhood club.

Magpies manager Rafa Benitez clearly rates Dummett highly - the left-back appeared in all bar one of United's league matches last season - and the Welsh international has established himself as a mainstay in the side.

But when he was first graduating from the Newcastle Academy, Dummett was told by Pardew that he would not make the grade - something which convinced the defender to prove his former manager wrong by impressing on loan spells at Gateshead and St Mirren, before forcing his way into the United first-team set up upon his return.

Dummett, speaking during an in-depth interview with the official NUFC matchday programme, explained: "I've had plenty of setbacks in my career with injuries, or with people saying: 'You're not good enough'.

"You get sent on loan and when you do, you have to prove yourself, and that's what I did when I was younger.

"I got told I wouldn't be good enough to play in the Premier League, or good enough to play in a certain manager's [Pardew's] team. You've got to overcome that, have self-belief and believe that you're good enough.

"When I got told I wasn't good enough, I just said it was up to me to prove him wrong. As soon as I said that, he knew I had the right attitude because he said: 'That's the attitude I want to see from my players'.

"I've always had a good attitude with wanting to learn and wanting to get better, and that's probably why I'm still playing for Newcastle now. …

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