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Pardew wants positive finish

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insists his side will not be relaxing during the Premier League run-in.

Pardew's men sit comfortably in eighth place, with 46 points, well removed from the trouble they suffered at the wrong end of the table last season but most likely out of reach of the European places.

But he is keen that none of his players take their foot off the pedal over their last eight games, seven of which he will be able to watch from the touchline after he completes his stadium ban with Tuesday's match against Everton.

Pardew said: "I had a letter from one of our fans this week saying they have been proud of the team since we got 40 points because it's very difficult.

"You look at the history of the Premier League - teams hit 40 points and switch off. Well, we have not done that.

"We will just keep fighting away and trying to achieve the best possible results we can for our fans. We have got the best fans in the country and we want to do the best for them."

Pardew is also thinking ahead to next season and what he can do to improve his squad, which was badly hit by the January departure of playmaker Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain.

Finding a replacement for the Frenchman will most likely be top of his summer agenda, with chief scout Graham Carr running the rule over a number of potential targets, which could include Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella.

Pardew added: "It's fair to say that the transfer made it harder to qualify for Europe - and I don't think anyone would disagree with that - because we couldn't replace him.

"But that doesn't mean to say we can't replace him in the summer.

"We know we have got good players here, but we do need that controller of the ball, that manoeuvrer, that clever player, and we will get one in the summer, for sure."