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Watch: Alan Pardew's response to sacking comments

Alan Pardew has suggested that remarks by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley that he could loose his job have been taken out of context.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday morning, Pardew spoke of the pressure he's been under for the past couple of weeks. Responding to criticism and calls for him to step down, Pardew said: "All I can focus on is the team and that's what I'll do."

He also looked ahead to tonight's game, which will see Newcastle United face Stoke City. Pardew is keen to recreate "the spirit" that was on the pitch for Wednesday's game against Crystal Palace.

See his full comments below:

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Family demand apology from Brand

Russell Brand Credit: Press Association

Comedian Russell Brand has come under fire for mocking the North East star of a Barclay's television advert in a web video he uploaded criticising the bank.

The advert showed 75-year-old Sam Wright learning about the internet and online banking.

Brand pokes fun at the advert - and Mr Wright - while criticising Barclay's banks links to an Israeli defence firm.

Mr Wright suffered a stroke and died five weeks after the advert first aired on television.

Speaking to the Sun newspaper, Mr Wright's son, Stephen, said: "When I saw Brand's show I felt sick. It was so insensitive.

"I don't think he knows how much hurt he has caused us. When the advert was on TV it coincided with my dad having a stroke. He died five weeks later. He was chosen as he used the scheme. He was just trying to help."

Mr Brand has not commented on the report.

Usher announces Newcastle tour date

Usher Credit: PA

American megastar Usher has announced he'll be making a stop in Newcastle as part of his European tour. The UR Experience will visit 23 cities across the UK and Europe in 2015. The 'Good Kisser' singer will be at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on 18th March 2015.

“I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before.”

– Usher
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