Newcastle boss Pardew: Memories of West Ham relegation in 2003 keeps me focused

The Magpies are six points clear of the bottom three with just four games left to play, and the manager says he finds motivation after the Hammers suffered the drop with 42 points
Alan Pardew has vowed to not rest on his laurels until Newcastle are mathematically safe this season after West Ham were relegated in 2003 with 42 points.

The Magpies are currently six points clear of the relegation zone on 37 points, with four games left to play, but 18th-placed Wigan have a game in hand on their fellow positional rivals.

Pardew was not in charge on West Ham when they dropped into the Championship, instead taking charge soon arfter, but still insists he learnt lessons from his time at Upton Park.

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"Because of what happened to West Ham before I took over I’m never going to take my eye off the ball," Pardew told reporters.

"Even if we beat Liverpool next week, we wouldn’t be safe. We could finish 11th or we could end up relegated."

After finishing fifth last season, Newcastle's league form has suffered under the strain of mounting injury concerns and inconsistent performances from players.

Pardew, though, believes the Europa League has been the root of his squad's problems this term with the vastly increased fixture commitments stretching a thin selection of players.

"This was our 50th game, which goes a little bit unnoticed – 50 professional games, and all the travelling involved as well, that's tough," the manager continued.

"Clubs will look at us and see the impact the competition has had. It’s not only the games, but the injuries on the back of it."