Saturday 16 December 2017

Parker excited by prospects

HARRY Redknapp's Tottenham future may be far from clear but his players are focused on maintaining their Premier League challenge against Newcastle at White Hart Lane tomorrow.

Redknapp has so far shrugged off questions about the vacant England job, for which he remains clear favourite, and midfielder Scott Parker believes his improving side is about to get even better.

"It's been a fantastic season and there is still a long way to go," said Parker. "We need to stay strong and build on what we've done. I'm excited with what's in progress here."

Newcastle moved back up to fifth place with victory over Aston Villa last weekend, but Toon boss Alan Pardew admits the gap between the Magpies and Spurs is too big to breach.


Pardew said: "They are not in our sights, they are way past us. But we are just nagging away, and that's where we should be because we are a big club. This is still a game in which the squad must rise to the challenge."

Pardew also ruled himself out of taking any part in the managerial merry-go-round sparked by Fabio Capello's resignation as England manager.

Asked about the England job, he said: "Firstly, as an Englishman, I am proud to be in that sort of frame, but it's not for me and I will make that quite clear. I am not even in the running as far as I am concerned.

"I am very, very happy here at Newcastle. We are on a little project here that's going really well and I want to see it through."

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