Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is 'wary' of the threat posed by Saturday's opponents, Leicester City.
Despite only gaining promotion back to the Premier League last season, Nigel Pearson's side have earned plaudits for their performances, which have included a 5-3 win over Manchester United last month.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash at St James' Park, Pardew said:
They've [Leicester] had the result of the season as far as I'm concerned in beating Man United, with all the players they [Manchester United] had available that day. So they can produce a great performance and we need to be wary of that.
Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer says the club's current crop of players need to 'stand up and perform' to relieve the pressure on manager Alan Pardew.
The Magpies are yet to win a Premier League match this season and are currently 18th in the table after seven games played.
Shearer was speaking at the National Football Museum in Manchester after being inducted into the Football Association's Hall of Fame.
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THE TIMES: It was difficult to tell what was louder at the Britannia Stadium last night: the clap of thunder that could be heard midway through the first half or the vitriol directed by Newcastle United followers towards Alan Pardew. Either way, Peter Crouch’s first-half header pushed the Newcastle manager closer to the St James’ Park exit door.
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Hull City boss Steve Bruce offered sympathy to Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew ahead of their Premier League clash this weekend.
Bruce, who spent 18 months as Sunderland manager between 2009 and 2011, said the North East is 'not an easy place to manage'. Bruce also said reports suggesting that he is being lined-up replace Pardew at Newcastle were 'hugely disrespectful'.
Newcastle welcome Hull to St James' Park tomorrow afternoon.
Alan Pardew has dismissed reports that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is looking to sell the club.
Speculation has been mounting that the businessman is willing to listen to offers for Newcastle as he aims to increase his stake in Glasgow giants Rangers. But Pardew said Ashley remains committed to the Magpies.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said he is convinced Jack Colback's move from Sunderland to Newcastle was a key factor in his first England call-up.
The 24-year-old midfielder was a surprise inclusion in Roy Hodgson's squad for next month's friendly against Norway and the Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland just weeks after leaving Sunderland, where he had been since the age of 10.
Pardew believes the way Colback has negotiated his controversial switch from Wearside to Tyneside will not have gone unnoticed at Soho Square.
The 53-year-old said: "It's great for north-east football, because he did a lot of this [to earn his] call-up at Sunderland."
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is 'disappointed' at the departure of Tony Pulis from his former club, Crystal Palace.
Palace confirmed last night that Pulis had left the club by mutual consent, less than 48 hours ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.
Pardew made 128 appearances for Crystal Palace between 1987 and 1991.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes he and the club need to improve next season.
Pardew was speaking after his side's 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on the final day of the Premier League season.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says he accepts the pressure from supporters after the club's recent slump in form.
The Magpies have now lost six Premier League games in a row and some fans were seen holding up banners against Pardew in the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal on Monday night.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has hailed the club's fans the best in the world - even though most of the 2,000 spent Monday night chanting 'six in a row'.
The 3-0 loss was the Magpies' sixth straight Barclays Premier League defeat and supporters continued their campaign to see him removed as manager.
Goals from Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Oliver Giroud were enough to push Arsenal to the brink of Champions League qualification while, for Newcastle, it appears they are ambling towards a top-half finish. But the Newcastle faithful turned on their manager with chants of "we want Pardew out".
Despite all of that Pardew, who was back on the touchline following a seven-game ban for headbutting Hull's David Meyler, was full of praise for the supporters.
"We've got the best fans in the world," he declared.