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Pardew using Tenerife trip to recharge Newcastle batteries

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says their trip to Tenerife will be used to recharge the batteries.

The trip was arranged before Newcastle's disappointing defeat at Fulham and Pardew indicated he will use the time abroad to rally his troops ahead of a difficult encounter against Gus Poyet's Championship side who knocked Sunderland out of the Carling Cup this season.

Pardew said: "If I am honest it is not a work situation and a case of making the players work hard and run. It's a breather. We will have a rest and a chat and socialise a little bit.

"We will obviously do some training and hopefully be refreshed for Brighton. Don't get me wrong, we won't be drinking but it is a kind of 'let's see where we are' and analyse everything. We will enjoy each other's company and hopefully stay tight until the end."

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