Newcastle United latest: Pardew admits "sadness" over fan protests

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Newcastle's miserable season comes to an end on Sunday with a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool, and will actually travel to Merseyside in better spirits after ending their shocking six game losing run last weekend against Cardiff City. Despite the overdue victory, Magpies fans are still frustrated with the direction of the club, and particularly the continued reign of manager Alan Pardew.

The beleaguered boss has has a dismal campaign, including the infamous headbutt on Hull City midfielder David Meyler, but has admitted his sadness at the protests taking place against his tenure from Newcastle fans.

"Obviously, I'm a little bit sad about the situation," he said. "But my resolve has to be strong to make sure the players are ready for Liverpool. We need to go to Anfield and put in a top performance."

Defender and captain Fabrizio Coloccini is vital to Pardew's plans on Tyneside and was handed a much needed boost this week as the Argentine told of his intention to stay with the club despite speculation linking him with a return to Argentina.

Yet today, local press suggest that the experienced centre back is seeking assurances from the Newcastle board over their transfer plans for this summer after a number of disappointing transfer windows - none more so than January, where the Magpies sold star man Yohan Cabaye for £20m and could only bring in striker Luuk de Jong on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach - who has yet to score a goal.

One of the players heading to the club could be German striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who has impressed in a struggling Hamburg side this season. With 13 goals for the club this campaign, the 22-year-old has attracted interest from a number of clubs but could be a prime target for Pardew this summer - if he keeps his job.

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