Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was happy to keep all his big stars like Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Fab Coloccini and Cheick Tiote on Tyneside in the summer, with reports that clubs came after our top players over the last few weeks of the transfer window, but owner Mike Ashley turned down the bids, and it’s not clear how big those bids actually were.
Alan Pardew wants to do as well or even better this season
But in our recent poll asking if Newcastle will finish in the top six this season, 52% think we will not with another 17% undecided.
And with Michel Platini clamping down on those clubs in Europe who are nowhere near balancing their books, clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and QPR in the Premier League, and with the Premier League clubs meeting today to introduce some new curbs on spending, there is hope, some hope, the playing field may be leveling.
Alan Pardew talked to Sky Sports today, and hopes to do as well if not better than last season:
“Although we are a big club, financially we are not as big as the others.” “It is difficult to get some stability in your squad when players are being touted around.” “For us, it was very important to keep that group together.”
“We worked hard last summer to bring them here, they did terrifically well, we finished fifth and we want to do the same again or even better.”
With Coloccini being injured in training at the Argentine training camp yesterday, that’s the latest problem that we have with our still too small squad.
And here are the current results of the poll we put up yesterday, and if you haven’t voted yet it’s still open – and every reader has just one vote.