Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has had several meetings with Ashley and Llambias, and he knows exactly where he stands in terms of his transfer budget, and he seems very pleased with the talks he’s had.
Alan Pardew – I’ve got the money!!
Alan has revealed today that he thinks Newcastle are now safe in the league, and the transfer market will go into full swing, at least for the Newcastle club.
We also hope that contract negotiations will pick up with Jose Enrique, Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan, and while we hope all three will sign along the dotted line to stay at Newcastle, we have our doubts about Jose.
But we’d be delighted if Jose decides to stay at Newcastle, and that’s always a possibility, and indeed we’ll start a campaign today to try to get Jose to stay on Tyneside – but more about that later today.
The two draws over the past week were both tough games, and Newcastle can thank their defense and young goalkeeper Tim Krul in particular, for getting the two valuable points.
And it seems Tim is already making a play to be Newcastle’s number one next season and he’s certainly looked very good in the last two games, and it seems that spell in the first team earlier this season has helped him a lot.
This is what Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said today:
“I think that’s us past the post, and that obviously makes it a little bit easier in terms of looking towards the future and hardening up some of the plans.”
“That process has been ongoing for a little while, but now we can step things up in certain areas. We’ve already started work on the training ground, and we have some under-soil heating going in that will make a huge difference to us.”
“We might actually be able to train in December and January, which will be useful.” “We’re also actively pursuing players already because we don’t want to be left behind in the summer.”
” I’ve had a meeting about budgets and I think we all know where we stand. I’m pleased with the talks.”
That’s excellent news about the under-soil heating at the Benton training grounds, and it’s something that Alan requested as soon as he arrived on Tyneside, as it was impossible to train on the frozen grounds at Newcastle during late December and into January.
The top clubs in England have that on their training grounds, so it’s good that Newcastle have joined that elite band of clubs.
It wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle make some announcements fairly soon – in a couple of weeks time maybe – about contracts being signed, and perhaps some deals already made in the transfer market – probably for some free agents.
We hope so in any case.