Even though Newcastle made an absolutely terrible start to the season on Monday night, the St. James’ Park crowd on Saturday against West Ham will be a full house of around 52,300 fans, such is the passion for football on Tyneside.
Alan Pardew – judge us after next two games
The lack of firepower up front caused manager Alan Pardew to check some targets in France on Tuesday night, and he also met with both Joe Kinnear and owner Mike Ashley on the status of the transfer pursuits.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“Really and truly it is about the next 37 games – particularly the two at home. We need points on the board.” “It will be a better measure for us after West Ham and Fulham. Judge us after that.”
“On the positive side, Hatem looked sharp in front of the goal.” “I thought Cheick Tiote looked more like his old self.” “Going forward we would be better judged after the next two games.”
Sources to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle have said that Director of Football Joe Kinnear indicated there was a positive meeting with Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew in the south of France following Monday night’s debacle at the Etihad Stadium.
After the meeting Joe Kinnear said he was now hopeful of new signings, after both Alan Pardew and Joe himself urged the Billionaire owner of Newcastle to allow them to bring in new players.
Newcastle have been linked with Lyon’s central midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, and a possible new bid to get Lyon striker Bafe Gomis to Newcastle.
And we have also been linked with Blackpool’s Tom Ince, but it may be that Gourcuff is too old, and Tom is of course an unproven commodity in the Premier League.
But hey, nothing is certain in the transfer window, but uncertainty and hesitation is not what Newcastle need right now.
The club must show some ambition and initiative, and get players through the door soon, as time is quickly slipping away, and we have only 11 days left in this transfer window.
And a new signing before Saturday would have a very positive impact on both fans and players before the West Ham game.
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