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Newcastle slipped to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea on Saturday afternoon, with Eden Hazard hitting a hat-trick to sink the Magpies at Stamford Bridge. Manager Alan Pardew was left to rue a spate of injuries which have ravaged his squad, with a number of key players missing.
“We have taken another one today in Mathieu Debuchy, he is a big player for us,” said Pardew. “We have Papiss [Cisse] out, Loic [Remy], [Fabrizio] Coloccini, Cheick [Tiote]; we need those players back – especially for games at this level.”
“While I am saying Paul Dumett and Sammy Ameobi did well, you have to understand the level that we are playing at. You need your better players when the intensity is like it is today out there.”
The defeat comes just days after Director of Football Joe Kinnear left the club, and in light of Newcastle's recent struggles, Pardew has revealed that he would be open to a new appointment in that area of the club, suggesting that the club needs all the help it can get at the moment.
“I haven’t got any problem with taking the club forward in whichever way the board decide to go. The most important thing is we have good people here. We have a good scouting team and we can go forward as we are. If a new director of football comes in, if that decision is made then it’s no problem. It’s difficult at the moment for us,” Pardew said.
Kinnear's time at St. James' Park won't be remembered fondly by most Magpies fans, especially after the sale of star midfielder Yohan Cabaye in the January Transfer Window. Kinnear secured just one arrival for Pardew last month, as striker Luuk de Jong came in from Borussia Monchengladbach after a disappointing spell in the Bundesliga.
Yet the Dutch international already says he wants to stay at the club, and predicts better results around the corner following successive 3-0 defeats to Sunderland and Chelsea.
"I would like to be important for this team, in terms of goals and assists, and work hard. I'm on loan with an option to stay and I would like to go on with this option if it is possible. It's a really big and nice club. I am happy that I have come here, even if it's been a tough start.” said the 23-year-old forward.
"After the Sunderland defeat, it wasn't a nice place, the disappointment was strong. That was a game we couldn't lose and we did, of course. But I have a really good feeling about the place. I think we can go on now and do better,” added de Jong.
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