Newcastle United latest: Pardew confirms worries ahead of Cardiff clash

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After succumbing to a sixth consecutive defeat on Monday night in the 3-0 defeat against Arsenal, the pressure was once again ramped up on beleaguered manager Alan Pardew, with many Magpies fans now adamant that Pardew should be sacked, but the former West Ham and Southampton boss is simply looking to the next game as relegation threatened Cardiff City travel to the North East this weekend.

"It's a massive game for us. If Cardiff fans think, 'Newcastle are in the top 10 - what have they got to worry about?' - well, we have got a lot to worry about after the recent run. It's as big a game for us as it is for them."

Many have accused the Newcastle players of giving up as their season peters out, but midfielder Vurnon Anita has vowed to try and put things right in this weekend's game against the Bluebirds and backed Pardew, saying; “Yes we heard (what the fans were chanting about the manager). We must try to focus on doing our job and do our best.”

“We know the fans are not happy, of course. We must keep going and stay positive. We have to work hard and try to enjoy it when we go out on to the pitch and deliver in games," he added.

Meanwhile, the Magpies are expected to attack the transfer market this summer in a bid to strengthen their squad, but to do that they made need to let more fringe players leave, and one of those could be defender Steven Taylor. The long-serving centre back, 28, came through the Newcastle academy but has recently been out of favour, leading to speculation that he could leave the club at the end of the season.

Yet bizarrely, it's a number of foreign sides most strongly linked with a swoop, as Turkish sides Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are joined by La Liga club Valencia in the race to sign the former England Under 21 star.

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