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Pardew just wants to stay up

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits he does not care where his side finish in the Premier League table this season, as long as they avoid relegation.

Last Updated: 22/04/13 at 12:47 Post Comment

Alan Pardew: Newcastle manager just focused on staying up

Alan Pardew: Newcastle manager just focused on staying up

Saturday's 1-1 draw at West Brom took the Magpies six points above the drop zone with four matches left, although 18th-placed Wigan have a game in hand.

Pardew told the Chronicle: "All we need to do is get over the line. I don't care if we finish one from bottom, I really don't.

"If we can get over the line, our fans know we have a good group of players. When everybody is fit and we can get one or two new signings in there we are a top-10 team. There is no doubt about that.

"We are having a season when everything has gone against us."

Pardew also accepts Newcastle's packed season is starting to take its toll as his injury list mounts.

He added: "You have to remember it was our 50th game at professional level.

"We have lost so many players to injury, we are missing Coloccini and Santon and Krul.

"The impact on the group has been such we are having one of those seasons."

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