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Football: SOUNESS: I'M NOT A QUITTER.

Byline: By SIMON BIRD

GRAEME SOUNESS has insisted he will fight for his job at Newcastle and never quit the club.

The Scot is determined not to be forced out after winning just 16 of 52 Premiership games.

But there is fresh speculation that Sam Allardyce, who turned down the job 18 months ago, could be ready to quit Bolton for St James' Park.

However, Souness said: "Quitting is not an option. I would never be able to look at myself in the mirror.

"It's not an impossible job. Someone will get it right and I believe I can."

But there was more bad news for the Toon boss yesterday when key midfielder Scott Parker was ruled out for a month with a knee injury.

He joins Michael Owen, Emre, Kieron Dyer, Steven Taylor and Steven Carr on a lengthy injury list.

"It is a shame for Scott because he has been our best player this season and to lose him is a blow for all concerned," said Souness.

Frustrated chairman Freddy Shepherd is unlikely to sack Souness in the immediate future. But he is well aware of the opinion of many fans who want change.

Souness would be due a hefty pounds 3million pay-off if he is sacked, something the club can ill afford just now.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 5, 2006
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