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'Newcastle need to prove Euro pedigree'

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has challenged his players to prove they are capable of achieving a top-six finish.

Alan Pardew is the second longest-serving Premier League manager.

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Four Premier League wins in a row has lifted Newcastle up to sixth and has sparked talk of a push for European qualification, but Pardew is being careful not to get carried away ahead of the trip to Swansea on Wednesday evening.

"We are a good side but we are yet to prove over the course of 30 games we are a top-six side," he told the Evening Chronicle.

"That is what we need to do. We did that two years ago and that is what we are going to try to do this time. It is good for the confidence and good for the mood. It is good for our strength of mind, but we have a quick turnaround this week. We have Swansea and they will be trying to knock us. 

"The thing about the Premier League is any team can beat you. So you have to be at your best. We had to be at our best to beat West Brom and we will have to be the same at Swansea."

Pardew was speaking after reaching the milestone of three years in charge at St James' Park, making him the first manager since the late Sir Bobby Robson to achieve such a feat. 

Appointed in December 2010 to replace Chris Hughton, initial reactions to Pardew's appointment were not positive  However, as he prepares to take charge of his 137th game in the Magpies' dugout against Swansea, he joked that it has not always felt as brief as three years.  

"The three years seem to have flown by," he said. “Sometimes when I sit down, it feels like 30 years. I am sure there will be -- hopefully, if we get two good results this week -- a glass of wine and a reflection in my own time."


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