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Drop zone fight made me a better boss; Al stronger for Toon trauma.

QPR v Newcastle Today, kick–off 3pm

Alan Pardew insists Newcastle's nightmare season will make him a better boss.

The Toon gaffer has come under fire after following up last season's fifth–placed finish with a battle against relegation.

But Pardew believes his side's run to the last eight of the Europa League had an adverse effect on their league form.

And he's hoping to learn from the experience if owner Mike Ashley decides to keeps faith with him in the summer.

Victory over QPR today would all but seal safety for Newcastle and Pardew said: "Mike and I will sit down as soon as we know what division we're in.

"But people forget this is my first real Euro campaign. I had one go at Europe before with West Ham but we didn't get through the qualifying games.

"It has been a massive learning curve in terms of the added pressures it brings."

Pardew also believes his French flops will learn a lot from Newcastle's battle against the drop this term.

Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga–Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran have failed to impress since arriving in January.

And Pardew said: "They've had down days but will be better for it."

QPR are already down and boss Harry Redknapp said: "I need more characters in the side."

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 12, 2013
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