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Business as usual at Newcastle

Off field issues about stadium naming have caused fans to challenge the Newcastle bosses but with the International week ending it's back to business for manager Alan Pardew.

Pardew would not be drawn into the renaming of St James' Park as he concentrates on keeping the club's excellent run on the pitch going. He shrugged off recent off-field controversy over the club’s decision to rename St James’ as he prepares his team to face league leaders Manchester City.

At the club’s Benton training base the players were upbeat as is the United boss about retaining third place and the Toon players are motivated to the challenge of becoming the team that beats the class of 1994’s best start to a Premier League season.

Pardew said: “The guys who haven’t been on international duty have been terrific.

“The training has been brilliant. We are looking forward to the game.

“We have a few players to come back today and Man City certainly have the luxury of more players to call upon. But we can’t wait.”

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