Newcastle United boss Alan Shearer is adamant that the furore surrounding Joey Barton's suspension has not affected the team's preparations for the crucial relegation six-pointer with Middlesbrough.
The controversial former Manchester City midfielder has been told to stay away from training after being sent off in the weekend defeat at Liverpool.
Shearer told The Evening Chronicle: "It hasn't affected us. The mood has been good and that's encouraging.
"Joey's been suspended until further notice. We'll make another statement or comment when the time's right.
"Other than that, there's far more important things to talk about.
"There are different challenges every single day. You don't know what will face you. But I'm enjoying it.
"I think a lot has been made about discipline, but there's been no crackdown. I've asked people to be in at 10am, that's all. There's a fine system in place, but that's all.
"I don't think it's unreasonable to ask people to come to work on time."