Pardew: French imports must speak English at Newcastle next season

The Magpies boss has had to deal with newspaper reports of dressing room disharmony between the large contingent of French players and the rest of the squad in recent weeks
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has instructed his squad's increasingly large number of French-speaking players to learn English for the start of pre-season training for the next campaign.

Having brought in five Frenchman in January to help secure their Premier League status, interpreters were used as a way of easing the new arrivals into life on Tyneside.

However, as results dipped and the prospect of relegation loomed, Pardew was left fighting off media reports that rifts had begun to appear between the French-speaking contingent and the rest of the squad.

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Now, with survival secured courtesy of a slender victory over QPR, Pardew wants the language barrier eliminated by the start of next season.

"Most of the French boys have picked up English pretty well," he told reporters.

"The initial tactic of bringing in interpreters has gone. We don’t have them in the dressing room now. The message has got home a bit better.

"Next year, they need to understand English more, particularly when dealing with the media, so they can give the right image of themselves and the club."

Pardew has come under pressure in recent months having presided over a disappointing campaign, but insists he has no desire to cut short his eight-year contract with the club.

"Sometimes you need to have the faith, not just the owner, but supporters as well to give you the benefit of the doubt when you’ve made mistakes," he continued.

"They have to have the faith that you can put things right. I think I’ve proved since I’ve been here that I can reach the heights and I’ve got to reach them again.

"Next year will be very important for me and the football club but I see myself here for the long run."