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Pardew rubbishes rift reports

Alan Pardew has rubbished reports of dressing room unrest at Newcastle United, claiming the players remain 'very much together'.

Last Updated: 02/05/13 at 20:47 Post Comment

Talk of a split in the Magpies camp has intensified on the back of a disappointing run which has kept the North East outfit firmly entrenched in a relegation battle.

It has been suggested that a strong French influence in the camp has disrupted squad harmony and left Newcastle sweating on their Premier League status.

Leading figures at St James' Park have, however, been quick to dismiss the rumours, with Pardew the latest to push the united front line.

He said: "As far as I'm concerned, the group is very much together. We're pulling together, trying to get a result, and the fact that we have a lot of French players and some language difficulty has been kind of torn up and made to be something else.

"There's no problem and we go to the next game. If you think, because the players are from a foreign country or some of our players are not bothered, it's just ridiculous.

"Of course they're bothered. Our frustrations and our professionalism are on the line but we have the destiny of ourselves in our own hands. No-one else, we're not in the hands of anyone else. Only us can put it right. We've got a little gap so we need to exploit that and make sure we extend it.

"I haven't even looked at the run-ins of the other clubs because it's very, very important that you focus on yourself. The destiny's very much in our own hands and we need to make sure that we get the wins that we need - if it's two wins, if it's three wins, I have no idea.

"Some of the wildfire that we've had has just been way, way off the mark. But we put a poor performance in on Saturday (during a 6-0 defeat to Liverpool) and we need to put that right. That's the most important thing."

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