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Pardew dismisses squad problems

first_imgAlan Pardew has blasted talk of a rift within the Newcastle camp as he attempts to guide the club out of relegation trouble. The Magpies have adopted a siege mentality in the wake of last Saturday’s 6-0 humiliation at St James’ Park, which left the club fighting for its Barclays Premier League future. Rumours of unrest within the dressing room surfaced, prompting the official club website to release quotes from senior men Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse insisting all was well. But Pardew came out fighting as he was questioned on the allegations. He said: “As far as I am concerned, the group is very much together, pulling together trying to get a result. The fact that we have a lot of French players and some language difficulties has been torn up and made to be something else. There is no problem and we go to the next game.” Press Associationcenter_img Asked if he had endured difficult a week, he said: “Off the back of a difficult result, yes, very. When you are beaten like that at home, it’s never comfortable and not comfortable to deal with. That’s what we have had to deal with this week. “A lot of criticism has come his way, some of it completely unfounded and left-field, as you would expect when you get a result like that. It’s part and parcel of the game. Some of the wildfire that we have had has just been way, way off the mark. But we put a poor performance in on Saturday and we need to put that right. That’s the most important thing.” Much of the criticism has been levelled at Newcastle’s reliance on French players amid suggestions that some members of the overseas contingent do not understand the gravity of the situation into which the club has slipped. However, Pardew insisted that was nonsense. He said: “I just find that accusation insulting, if I am honest. If you think because some of our players are from a foreign country, they are not bothered, it’s just ridiculous. “Of course they are bothered. Our frustrations and our professionalism are on the line. But we have our destiny in our own hands, no-one else, and only we can put it right. We have got a little gap and we need to exploit that and make sure we extend it.” That said, Pardew admitted there have been frank discussions at Newcastle’s training headquarters after a black day in the club’s recent history and no-one has been left in any doubt as to what is required from the remaining three games with just five points separating them from Wigan, who have a game in hand, inside the relegation zone. He said: “Yes, of course, but there have not been words that have been out of turn. If you don’t get feedback from your players, trust me, you are not going to be a manager at any level. You need to have feedback and understand what the problems are that they are experiencing on the pitch and then you have to make sure that you have a game-plan that works.” last_img read more

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first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety daily incident log between Sunday, Feb. 20, and Monday, Feb. 21. View Roundup 02-23 in a larger mapCrimes against propertyAt 5:05 p.m. on Feb, 20, a suspect smashed the passenger-side window of a car on Jefferson Boulevard and Royal Street to gain entry, and removed a laptop computer, a pair of headphones, miscellaneous clothing and a backpack. DPS officers were flagged down by a witness and located the suspect during a search of the area, but he managed to elude them. The suspect abandoned the property while being pursued, and it was subsequently recovered by the officers.Miscellaneous incidentsat 5:51 p.m. on Feb. 21, DPS officers responded to Webb Tower to check on the welfare of a student after a friend reported receiving a message from her in which she claimed that she was going to harm herself. The student was unharmed when contacted by the officers and they placed her in contact with an on-call counselor at the Student Counseling Center. The officers cleared the scene after the student was determined not to be a danger to herself or others.At 5:05 p.m. on Feb. 21, a suspect claiming to be a bank representative entered the USC Credit Union Building with a staff member and attempted to get him to withdraw money from his account in order to satisfy a past due mortgage. A teller recognized the situation as being suspicious and when she pulled the staff member aside to speak to a manager the suspect fled. DPS officers responded and conducted a search but were unable to locate the suspect.At 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 20, DPS officers responded to a student who sustained abrasions to his face when a parking control arm on 34th Street and Trousdale Parkway lowered and struck him as he walked past it. The officers examined the student and offered transportation for medical treatment, but he declined and was released to seek it on his own.last_img read more