Pardew Targets Areas That Need Strengthening At Newcastle

Alan Pardew has now managed to review on video about 75% of the games Newcastle have played this season, and he is starting to pin-point which ares of the Newcastle side need strengthening.

Alan Pardew – has idea which areas need strengthening at Newcastle

It seems that Alan has been delighted with the play and the professionalism of the senior players at the club since he arrived, and is probably surprised at the amount of talent he has at his disposal, but there have been areas of concern for Newcastle this season, mainly in defense.

And if new players are needed, he seems to be willing to sit down and talk to owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias about the financial side of the equation.

Pardew said today:

“I think I am pretty clear in my mind of a couple of areas that need strengthening.” “As a general rule, you get a feeling about who is going to fit the right criteria to play for this big club.””It’s a big club.”

“You bring professionals here and you are in danger of the club being bigger than the individual, and you have to make sure that the character of the players, first and foremost, can carry the shirt.”

“It’s a heavy shirt, the Newcastle shirt. I am looking at the group and you can take it as read that the Bartons and Nolans, it fits comfortably, and Andy Carroll, his shirt fits and has got a big number nine on it, which carries its own weight.”

“That’s something that when I sit down with Derek and the chief scout and all my staff to talk about the January window and the window going forward, that will be top of the list.”

Alan is exactly right about that point about it being  a heavy shirt to wear, which is why some of our big name signings have never really made the grade at the Newcastle club, where expectations are always so high.

A couple or three wins in a row and we talk about Europe – a couple or three defeats in a row and we talk about relegation. 😀

But Pardew doesn’t feel that the money will be a problem if he can identify the right players, and we have to think that was one discussion area that Alan talked at length about, before he agreed to become the Newcastle manager.

Alan continued:

“I just feel that won’t be an issue, other than a financial issue.” “Of course, there is always somebody who is out of reach or not quite right and the deal doesn’t make any sense, their age of whatever.

“You have to work through that with the owners, and I have no problem with that.”

With the Qatar news today, a  Newcastle source  again insisted the club is not for sale – but a £300M offer might make it for sale immediately – so saying that means nothing.

Alan continued:

“I have watched three-quarters of the games now, there are maybe only a couple to go, and analyzed some things we can improve on, and that’s something I will present to the players in the next seven days.

“There are definitely areas for improvement, in my opinion, with all teams.” “With this team and where they are, they have done terrifically so far. We just want to add a few things and see if we can try to improve on that.”

Alan will have a few more games to assess the Newcastle squad, but we feel it’s almost certain he will bring at least one new player in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • geordie_india

    Dec 16, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #1

    A couple or three wins in a row and we talk about Europe – a couple or three defeats in a row and we talk about relegation. 😀 How true is that 🙂

  • slazberger

    Dec 16, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #2

    i also think he maybe referring to players already at the club when he says the shirt is a heavy one. so we could see a couple leave who have failed to make an impact, xisco, perch and best perhaps.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Dec 16, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardew Targets Areas That Need Strengthening At Newcastle:


  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Dec 16, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Question is. How much money will he be given to spend in January which isn’t far away, if we lose to Birmingham and then City we could slip way down the table, BUT…. if we win at Birmingham and at least draw at City, we could be heading for a European spot but I doubt it, I’d say we’d finish about 12th- 15th in the table. I don’t really care were we finish as long as it’s not 18,19 or 20th.

  • chuck

    Dec 16, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #5

    with the possibility of a takeover, why would ashley want to spend anything on players ?
    However gotta feeling he`s gonna be asking too much and we will be lumbered with him for some time .

  • chuck

    Dec 16, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Pardew sounds like Alan Greenspan, lotta palava but what did he actually say ?

  • d.calverley

    Dec 16, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Time to head off on a tangent now, has anyone heard or seen anything of Yven Moyo? The French ‘Wiz Kid’ we signed from Sochaux in September??? Just wondered if he’s been getting a shirt in the reserves???

  • leedodd

    Dec 16, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #8

    All This Speculation Is Crap – We need steven taylor to Sign His New Contract a New Prooven Defender signed up or on loan then we need a Prooven Centre Forward – team up with Big Andy and Keep us up – Top 6 maybe a european place.

  • BeeGuy

    Dec 16, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Moyo started vs. Manu reserves and left injured at half time.

  • henock1989

    Dec 17, 2010 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #10

    lol…cant c what will happen ..our defense will be torn apart by Birmingham…LOL…and he is thinking of wining 3 games ..that is which i call dream!!!

  • cyprus

    Dec 17, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #11

    I think he’s a lazy bum! He got round to watching 75% of the games? Wow. And that surely includes cheating, fast forwarding the boring parts. I watched 90% of the games boss! Hasn’t he known he’ll be hired for months now? I hope he’s really doing his homework these days, leave the Ferrari in the garage dude.

    Henock, our defence will be torn apart by Birmigham? U on drugs? Which defence have they torn apart this year?


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