Following Newcastle United’s 6-0 pasting at St James’ Park by Liverpool at the weekend, rifts within the club's dressing room have been reported.

Manager Alan Pardew has clearly had enough, and yesterday he was moved to issue a statement clarifying the matter.

"As far as I am concerned, the group is very much together, pulling together trying to get a result," he said. "The fact that we have a lot of French players has been torn up and made to be something else. There is no problem."

So, people have been blaming Newcastle’s new French legion for their slip in the Premier League.  Pardew added five French players in the January transfer window and whilst at times they have been sublime they have also struggled.

Pardew went on to say: “I'll be the first to admit that the January signings have been poor in some games but they've been magnificent in others and unfortunately it's that consistency you have to gain. We don't need more fight or more passion, just to use the experience they've gained and put it to good use.”

The players he added are Yoan Gouffran, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko.  Undoubtedly talented players, but clearly not quite ready for the rough and tumble of the Premier League.

However, if they survive relegation, which it’s fairly certain they will, don’t bet against those French sticking it to the rest of the league next season.

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