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Newcastle's 1-0 loss to Stoke City last weekend has heaped the pressure on beleaguered boss Alan Pardew, with many fans now calling for the Magpies manager to be sacked at the end of the season, and club captain Fabrizio Coloccini has admitted that recent performances simply haven't been good enough for their loyal supporters.
We have played poorly the last few games,” Coloccini said. “We lost again. We’re disappointed for the fans. They need more from us. We have to think that we’re playing for the shirt and we always have to give 100 per cent."
“Sometimes we can’t play well. Sometimes we’re poor, like the last few games. We always give 100 per cent, but we have to improve," he added.
Pardew's cause will be aided by reports that key duo Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy will return for this weekend's match against Swansea City. The French pair have been missing for some time now with calf and groin injuries respectively, but local press suggest that they will make their much needed comeback against the Swans - Remy's return is particularly key, as the on-loan QPR man is currently the Magpies' top goalscorer this season with 13 goals.
Meanwhile, Pardew is still planning for the summer transfer window despite questions over his future at the club, and with the £20m raised from the January sale of Yohan Cabaye, the Magpies boss will hope to be able to use that money on his squad. A number of players have already been linked with moves to Tyneside, but they have reportedly rekindled their interest in Ajax forward Siem de Jong.
De Jong, 25, is currently the captain at the Amsterdam Arena, but is believed to be open to a move away this summer - and with brother Luuk currently on the books at Newcastle, Pardew is hoping to tempt them into a reunion at St. James' Park.