It seems that Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew will have plenty of money to spend in the summer, with Newcastle having received £35M from the sale of Andy Carroll in January to Liverpool.
Alan Pardew – wants to increase competition for places at club
And £30M of that was paid in cold cash, which will not be getting some interest until the summer, hopefully.
Some fans and Kevin Keegan too, think that Pardew will see none of that money, but that’s a little hard to believe with the Newcastle scouting operation out in full swing.
We know Pardew will be given cash to spend, but exactly how much we don’t really know, but it should be enough to bring around five good players into the club.
But the former Southampton, Reading and West Ham manager has come out today and said it’s not the size of the squad he wants to necessarily increase, but the quality in the side.
This is what Alan said today:
“I don’t want to necessarily increase the size of the squad too much, but I do want to increase competition for places. At times, we lack that.” “In terms of the starting eleven, most Newcastle fans would pick the same side and that’s a worry for me as a manager.”
“I don’t need two players in every position but somebody like Phil Neville at Everton who can play left-back, right-back or center midfield. They call them utility players and they save you a lot of money.”
“I don’t want to lose the focus of the group. We need to protect the spirit. I want to keep it tight and relatively small and easy to manage. I made that mistake before at West Ham when the squad got too big and it was difficult to focus the group.”
The team spirit that Newcastle now have is one of their biggest positives, and we want to keep the players who generate that, and not bring in anybody who may jeopardize it.
Only last weekend Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr gave several interviews to the Sunday Sun, and said he thinks Newcastle need half a dozen new players, but he stressed that was a personal opinion.
It seems that Pardew will also be letting a few players go this summer, and some of them could well include Alan Smith, Xisco, Sol Campbell and Wayne Routledge, who now all seem surplus to requirements at Newcastle.
So if we lose those four players and maybe a couple more, and still bring in six good players who will increase the competition for places on Tyneside, the squad size will remain about the same.
The quality should be a lot better, which is what we’ll all be looking for, and of course is always the next step in building up a very good side.
It would be good to see some good players brought in this summer, but the club will also want to keep the top players they already have at the club, including two in particular, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique.