Premier League: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew orders improvements
Alan Pardew has demanded Newcastle United prove they are a 'bigger and better club' than Sunderland next season.
Last Updated: 17/04/13 4:25pm
The St James' Park club were last weekend embarrassed 3-0 at home by Paolo Di Canio's visitors, who were in danger of falling into the Premier League relegation zone.
Pardew has already claimed Newcastle were suffering from fatigue and now he has defiantly ordered his squad bounce back by leaving Sunderland trailing in the 2013/14 campaign.
"Next year we have to prove that we're a bigger and better club," Pardew, whose side are now just two points above their Tyne-Wear rivals, said in the Newcastle Chronicle.
"That's in terms of our Premier League position by finishing well above them. That's what we are going to try to do next year.
"But first we've got to make sure we play well in the last five games with good, solid performances."
Pardew had pointed the finger at Newcastle's European commitments for their tired performance against Sunderland.
But having been knocked out of the Europa League by Benfica, he is relishing the chance to give the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Mathieu Debuchy and Cheick Tiote a full week of training.
"We certainly can do a week's work with Hatem and Debuchy, who had his first game, and Cheick," said Pardew. "We'll do more work with him. We'll give a rest to some of the other guys."