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The 52-year-old admits this has been one of his hardest weeks as Magpies manager but is looking forward to a milestone that he admits is a source of pride

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew acknowledged that this has been a tough week ahead of his 100th Premier League game in charge.

The Magpies suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat away to Manchester City on Monday night in a fixture that kicked-off just hours after the club received an offer from Arsenal for midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

The 52-year-old slammed the timing of the bid that saw the France international play no part in their trip to Eastlands, citing it as a contributing factor to a difficult week.

"It's not been the easiest of weeks. There have been a few agendas in my time as Newcastle manager, but this has certainly been very colourful," Pardew told reporters.

"But it's my hundredth Premier League game in charge of Newcastle this week and I'm very proud of that.

"We need to get a couple of results and pretty quickly I think. Two home games give us a new chance after a difficult night on Monday when there were a whole manner of issues going on."

Following their opening defeat to City in which they conceded twice either side of half-time, the club currently sit at the bottom of the league with home ties to West Ham and Fulham to come.

However, Pardew believes his side played well given the circumstances but gave a nod to the club's supporters, who he felt did not deserve to see such a showing.

He continued: "I have to say on reflection in the first half I think we played very well but they came at us from all angles and unfortunately on the night we couldn't quite cope with it - on another night it might have been easier for us.

"More than anything I feel sorry for our fans, this whole situation of watching their team struggle and get a sending-off and one of the best midfielders in the world not playing - it's hard to take."

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