Former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew told defender Paul Dummett that he wasn’t ‘good enough,’ the player has revealed.
The current West Bromwich Albion boss delivered the news to the Welsh international graduating from the youth team.
However, unperturbed by the setback, the left-back chose to take a determined approach and vowed to prove the doubters that they were wrong.
Dummett went out on loan to Gateshead and St Mirren before returning to St James’ Park where he has since become a mainstay of the Magpies first-team.
“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,” Dummett said in the Newcastle Chronicle.
“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 that belief in myself and the confidence that I was good enough, and I had to prove to certain managers who didn’t believe that. With the hard work I’ve put in, it’s probably why I’m still here now.
“It was up to me to me to show character and show belief in myself to convince him [Pardew] that I was good enough, and to prove it.”
Under Rafa Benitez, the 26-year-old has established himself as an integral member of the team.
The Welsh-born defender played in all but one of the Magpies games last season and were it not for a groin injury that has kept him on the sidelines for four months, Dummett would have featured in more than the six games he has played in the current campaign.
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