Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has called for a united front to see Newcastle to Barclays Premier League safety in the wake of Andy Carroll's departure.
Tyneside is still reeling over the 22-year-old's £35million move to Liverpool, and the club's inability to replace him during a frantic final few hours of the January transfer window.
But writing in his programme notes ahead of Saturday's clash with Arsenal, Pardew said: "If it was a case of focusing on what is left of this season, clearly we would have wanted Andy to remain a Newcastle player, and yet we needed to look at the bigger picture."
He added: "The salary being spoken about for the player presented us with a dilemma in terms of extending Andy's contract and in the end, the decision was made to do a deal.
"We cannot turn the clock back and everyone has to move on, however difficult that may be for those of you still feeling the disappointment of Andy's exit.
"You never want to lose one of your best players and the timing of his departure could not have been worse as we didn't have time to find a replacement. But we all have to unite together from this day forward.
"My squad has done fantastically well in Andy's absence over the last few weeks and now we have to make sure we get over the finishing line in the Premier League in the final 14 games of this season with the outstanding players we still have in our squad."
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