Pardew To Increase Competition For Places On Tyneside


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.

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12 comments so far

  • roy cropper

    Mar 15, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    “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.”…….

    looks like we’re onto the everton model now lol

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  • TimToon9

    Mar 15, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Agreed. Quality before quantity.. Also, we have some good youth players who needs to have a shot to get in to the team.. Would rather have Ferguson played than Taiwo or something.. He just needs to add some weight and muscles.. Look at Enrique.. Not that big, but strong. Ferguson looks like a ghost..

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  • Drona

    Mar 15, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    every interview of his HAS to include a quote saying he wants to save money. It gives me a headache to think about the endless meanings behind it

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  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 15, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    saving money, Wow looks like that 35m “will go back into the squad” is total bull.

    Actually Alan, I think you will find we really do need to increase the squad size, as highlighted by our current plight, and we DO need 2 players in each position.

    Utility players, yep that’s exciting, selling one of Englands brightest prospect and bringing in utility players. We are on the up!!

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  • Ciaran Thomas

    Mar 15, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    He wants to spend money but save money,Sounds broken record to me. This man is Mike Ashley voice to us, as he too scared to do it himself. I respect Alan Pardew as our manager but I dislike how uses the media to give us empty promises,Must say he would be a great actor on Hollyoaks !

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 15, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    We don’t want a bigger squad? We can’t have a bigger squad. Maximal 25 plus under 21’s end of.

    Drona, Maybe he means and this is how I read it. Instead of 10 players at 2 million, 6 players at 4 million. Quality not quantity.

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  • mick70

    Mar 15, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Pardew certainly likes the media and is better at it than Houghton but i bet it will backfire on him in summer when Ashley tells him 10 mil is his limit

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  • MacToon

    Mar 15, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #8

    What a load of ********, Ashley’s puppet doing the dirty work lol.

    That great team spirit CH built up I can see is starting to ebb away.

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  • BigKirky

    Mar 15, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Im not an Ashley fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I do think that money (whatever amount that may be) be spent on the right type of people. For me, that is the key.. On the right type of people. For example, 4 tiotes would be £12m. He signed up an injured Ben arfa for 5.5m or whatever it was. I may just be hoping, but with carr’s scouting so far being good I think if pardew and carr pressed the fat man for say an £8m gervinho, im sure wed get him. Plus lens and a few others, im sure hel do it. As long as wages are not ridiculous and its not an overly inflated price tag, I think wel get a few good players in the summer. Depending, of course where we finish. So everyone, try and stay positive until the end of the summer. Im positive that bartons delay is to put pressure on Ashley as Enrique’s may or may not be.

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  • BeeGuy

    Mar 15, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #10

    It doesn’t make sense. AP wnats competition for places. but wants a utility player to cover for players that are out. Does that mean whoever is the back up who is suppossedly competing for a position actually is worse that the utility man? SO where is the competition there? Or does it mean NUFC will have a roster of utility men fighting for a place, any place, on the pitch? Can someone explain?

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  • Sav

    Mar 15, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #11

    The club needs a declaration of intent this summer. not a daft ‘Michael Owen style’ marquee name but some serious decent players on good but sustainable wages. We must show an intention to compete or we will lose more players like Enrique. Ambitious players.
    That is why it is important that most of the 35 million is spent on transfer fees. We took the money but it has damaged our morale within the camp and our image as a progressive club on the outside to prospective talent.

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  • solano

    Mar 15, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Pardew’s recent comment was he “had to get the owner interested again”…….very worrying…..however he was interested on Jan 31st when the helicopter was warming up on the pitch…….
    Everything that has come out the club since has been to lower expectations for the summer….even Carr’s mooted six players is not enough if we let 1 or 2 of our good players leave and manage to move on the deadwood clogging up the corridors……there are some decent youngsters at the club but it will be a huge gamble if we have to introduce more than 1 or 2 given how difficult 2nd season campaigns have proved notoriously difficult to negotiate…..book your hols fella’s and come back at tea-time on 31 August….that’s how we usually do it……..

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