Date: 24th January 2006 at 5:59pm
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Newcastle boss Graeme Souness insists he retains the full backing of the Newcastle board despite plenty of evidence to the contrary. But he could be handed a double boost for their crunch FA Cup fourth-round tie at Cheltenham Town with key midfielders Scott Parker and Emre on the brink of a return to first-team action.

Parker last played for Newcastle at Tottenham on New Year’s Eve after missing the game at Liverpool with a knee problem sustained at West Ham back in mid-December.

Turkish star Emre has been missing since the defeat at Wigan in the Carling Cup in October after a hamstring problem. His injury was timed ‘just right’ for him to spend time at home in Turkey over the Christmas period … for treatment of course. Obviously treatment that was not available to him in Newcastle.

HEY! You don’t doubt the fella, do yer?