Alan Pardew is aware of the huge job on his hands to keep ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie but he remains optimistic.

The Englishman has been unable to turn the club’s fortunes around since taking over in January. ADO are currently 17th and seven points adrift from 16th spot with eight games left.

Speaking to Voetbal International, Pardew said, “This is the biggest and most difficult challenge of all. The reason is that the quality of this team cannot be compared to all those other teams that I have coached.

“We have to work so hard to be able to win matches, because we have to achieve that based on team spirit, character and willpower.

“This is also a test for me, as a manager, as a person. Why am I going through this? I am no longer busy with my CV, but with my development. As a manager you evolve with football. That’s the beauty of this profession. ”

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