Alan Pardew has admitted his squad are “not in the right state of mind”, as Newcastle prepare to host Swansea City on Saturday.

The Magpies have lost their last four games – failing to score in the process – and Pardew is hoping to avoid making history by becoming the first Newcastle boss to lose five Premier League games in a row.

Speaking in Thursday’s press conference, Pardew conceded that his squad are struggling with their attitude as the league season nears its conclusion, with Newcastle marooned in mid-table mediocrity.

Pardew also commented that Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy have returned to full training but a decision on their fitness for the Swansea game will be made on the day, with both recovering from injuries. Enigmatic midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is struggling for fitness too, although the former Marseille winger has been somewhat out of favour of late.

Newcastle are currently ninth in the Premier League table, two points behind Southampton but now only three points ahead of Stoke and six ahead of in-form Crystal Palace, who have ambitions of finishing above the Magpies by the end of the campaign.


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