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Newcastle chief Llambias: We won't tolerate another poor campaign

Newcastle United managing director Derek Llambias says a repeat of this past season's problems won't be tolerated.

Llambias has made it clear that Pardew requires a strong start to the new campaign to eliminate doubts raised after a poor campaign.

"We are now entirely focused on the forthcoming campaign with the expectation of at least a top-10 finish in the Premier League," said Llambias.

"Everyone was disappointed to finish where we did last season, particularly on the back of such a fantastic year prior to that.

"Our discussions on Wednesday were very constructive and we pinpointed a number of factors that contributed to a season which fell below expectations.

"There has been a great deal of speculation in recent weeks but our desire, as we announced back in September [when Pardew signed an eight-year contract] is to bring long-term stability to this club. It's up to us all now to work closely as a team to ensure next season sees us competing in the top half of the table again."

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