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Magpies duo slam rumour

04 Dec 2007 - 11:05:15

Newcastle United duo Shay Given and Steve Harper have angrily denied reports that they confronted manager Sam Allardyce with a series of complaints.

The club's two longest serving players reportedly questioned Allardyce about his tactics, team selection and his choice of Geremi as captain.

However, the two goalkeepers have hit out at the suggestion that they have confronted the under-fire manager, who has seen his stock on Tyneside plummet in recent weeks on the back of a run of four defeats from the past five games.

Further reports have suggested the former Bolton boss could be axed should the Magpies lose their Premier League clash with Arsenal on Wednesday evening.

"The story that has appeared is total and utter nonsense," read a statement from the pair on the club's official website.

"Sam Allardyce has the full backing and support of every Newcastle United player and we are all working together as one to bring success to the football club.

"At Newcastle United we have a player committee which is led by our captain Geremi, and which also includes James Milner, Mark Viduka and ourselves.

"Many issues are openly discussed between players and the manager, as is commonplace at any club.

"Far from that being 'player power' or any other ridiculous description, this is sensible and constructive communication and a key part of the process of helping to build a stronger football club which will take us forward.

"It is fair to say both of us are absolutely furious at what we have read today.

"It is mischief-making of the highest order and appears designed to unsettle everyone on the eve of our big game against Arsenal on Wednesday night."


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