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Pardew 'desperate' for Newcastle to stay up

Former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is 'desperate' for the club to remain in the Premier League.

Pardew will return to St James' Park on Saturday for the first time since leaving to become Crystal Palace boss in January last year.

Speaking ahead of the game, the Palace manager said even if he manages to inflict defeat on his old club, he still remains hopeful that Newcastle can escape relegation.

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Benitez: looking forward to Liverpool

Newcastle United Manager Rafa Benitez has been looking forward to his return to Liverpool tomorrow (April 23).

The Spaniard was in charge at Anfield for 6 years and famously led them to Champions League glory in 2005.

But this weekend he's more concerned about Newcastle's ongoing relegation battle.

The Magpies looked dead and buried a week ago. But two good performances and two good results have convinced Benitez that the great escape is on.

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Watch: full report on Gazza's exclusive interview

Former Newcastle United and England star Paul Gascoigne has revealed he receives text messages asking if he's dead, because of his well-publicised battle with alcoholism.

The 48-year-old was recently pictured battered and bruised after suffering a relapse.

Gascoigne told Good Morning Britain that seeing the front-page images were a stark reminder of "how bad" he is when he suffers what he calls "a blip" in his fight with drink.

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Steve Wraith: I was concerned about Gazza interview

A close friend of Paul Gascoigne said he was concerned it may have been too soon for the former Newcastle footballer to give interviews on his 'blip' with his recovery from alcoholism.

The football Newcastle United and England legend, who has had a drink problem for more than twenty years, gave an exclusive interview to Good Morning Britain about the support he has dealing with the illness.

Gascoigne said he is back to his best after he was recently pictured looking battered and bruised while suffering a relapse.

But his friend Steve Wraith, who is managing director of sporting promotion company Newcastle Legends, said although Gazza looked well he is worried that mentally he is still very raw.

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Former Newcastle legend 'Gazza' says people 'text him to see if he is dead'

Speaking exclusively to ITV's Good Morning Britain, former Newcastle and England star Paul Gascoigne admitted recent pictures of him with cuts to his face were the result of him having suffered a 'blip' in his battle against alcoholism.

He said other that that he was 'really good' and the public has been 'brilliant' with him.

He joked that some people can't believe he is still alive, and he even gets text messages asking him if he's dead.

Messages of support for Gazza after appearance on Good Morning Britain

Celebrities and members of the public have been tweeting messages of support after former Newcastle and England footballer Paul Gascoigne appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain to talk about his recent relapse in his battle against alcoholism.

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