Before the FA Cup third round tie at Stevenage next Saturday, there are three things we’d like to see from the Newcastle club this week.
Alan Pardew - busy week this week?
1. Beat West Ham on Wednesday night
Newcastle had a good win yesterday at Wigan and a clean sheet too.
But that was the first points from three holiday games and if we can get another win at home against another fairly weak side in West Ham, that will give us 6 points in our 4 holiday games – and a good return.
2. Bring John Carver back to the club as Assistant Manager
Alan Pardew has taken on one of the tough jobs in English football in managing Newcastle United.
Alan has already got most of his coaching team in place, but John Carver returning to Newcastle would be much welcomed by Newcastle fans.
And of course John is an excellent coach and born and bred in Newcastle, and we heard yesterday that Pardew had already talked to John about the position..
3. Sign Hatem Ben Arfa on a permanent basis
It looks almost certain now that Newcatsle will sign 23 year-old Frenchman Ben Arfa.
The fee is thought to be somewhere around £5M and that would be a bargain buy for the very gifted French winger and potential central midfielder.
The midfielder is due to be in Newcastle this week, and will be at the West Ham game, so we have to believe he will sign his contract when he’s over this week.
It would be a terrific first signing in the January transfer window for Newcastle.