Premier League - Newcastle cancel Christmas party 'out of respect'

Newcastle have cancelled their Christmas party as they attempt to end a dreadful run of results.

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The Magpies' 3-1 home defeat by champions Manchester City at the weekend was their sixth in seven Premier League outings, and they head into Saturday's clash with QPR in desperate need of three points.

As a result, the players' customary celebration - they have travelled to Dublin and Glasgow as a group in recent years - has been called off.

Manager Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: "It's out of respect to our fans and what we have served them this year. There's no party for us, and the same for the staff. That's how it should be.

"Trust me, there have been horrible things said about our group and our staff, but we are together, and we are fighting and trying to put it right.

"The fans have to realise this isn't just a game to us, it's our livelihoods and our profession. It pays our bills.

"Not only that, we have to have a certain pressure of entertaining our fans, who pay good money to come and watch.

"Looking at all those factors, we have not done enough this year. That's why I think it's right we called it off."

Newcastle slipped to 15th place as a result of their latest defeat and currently sit just two points clear of the relegation zone.

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