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Newcastle United fans protest as players in "dressing room split"

What a difference a year makes, touted as possible Champion League contenders at the start of last season to facing relegation the Magpies have gone full circle.

Fans made their feeling well known after a heavy defeat at St James to Liverpool preceded a 3-0 reverse in the derby to Sunderland but the latest reports via the Daily Telegraph suggested there is division in the squad due to the large number of French players at the club.

Managing director Derek Llambias has hit back at claims there is a dressing room rift at the Premier League club and striker Papiss Cisse and midfielder Cheick Tiote have both denied claims of disharmony among the players.

"Every player is together," Cisse said in a statement on the club's website.  "There is no divide in the team."

Tiote added: "We are in this together."

Llambias added: "The club is determined to turn things around and everyone is working together to secure that goal.

Newcastle are 17th in the table, five points above the relegation zone.

With three games left to secure the 40 point target, they face West Ham, QPR and Arsenal to end the season

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