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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew remains suspended from entering any stadium where the Magpies are playing after headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler, and the former Charlton Athletic and Southampton manager has admitted that the suspension is frustrating.
"It was a bit frustrating in terms of it being difficult to assess the mood of the stadium and difficult to assess the mood of the players when it is coming through a flat screen," Pardew said.
"I'm a little bit undecided at the moment where I'm going to be (for next Saturday's game) but one thing is (certain), I'm not going to be in the stadium," he added.
Pardew also confirmed that plans are already underway to strengthen the squad this summer after an underwhelming January transfer window. The Magpies lost key midfielder Yohan Cabaye and only managed to add striker Luuk de Jong to the squad, but he has yet to find the back of the net since his loan move from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.
Loan striker Loic Remy is a target for Arsenal, whilst right back Mathieu Debuchy is also attracting interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Roma, and Pardew will need to have a strong transfer window to appease fans who are becoming increasingly disgruntled with Newcastle's lack of activity in the transfer market.
One of the players who could be arriving on Tyneside, particularly if Debuchy leaves the club, is Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson. The former Charlton trainee is currently behind Bacary Sagna in the Gunners pecking order, and despite speculation that the Frenchman will leave the club in the summer, it doesn't appear that Jenkinson's prospects will improve, and a season-long loan to St. James' Park has been mooted.