Toon focused on league fight

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew insists his side are fully focused on holding on to their top four status in the Barclays Premier League amid numerous off the field problems.

With seven league wins from 11 games, The Toon are third in the Barclays Premier League.

However, the decision to rename St James' Park and allegations regarding managing director Derek Llambias' comments surrounding club idols Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer has felt many fans feelings further disillusioned with the way the club is being run.

But Pardew says: "It is about getting back to the business of football - something we have done well at this year.

"The guys who haven't been on international duty have been terrific. The training has been brilliant. We are looking forward to the game.

"We have a few players to come back today and Man City certainly have the luxury of more players to call upon. But we can't wait.

"They still have a lot to do to stay at the top of the league ahead of Chelsea, Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs, who are beginning to settle now, so the race really is on for that title."

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