It’s nine days until the new year, when the January transfer window will open, and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who has Newcastle well placed in 6th position in the Premier League right now, has said he has discussed targets with the powers that be at Newcastle – make that Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley – but that no finances have yet been discussed.
Joe Kinnear helping Alan Pardew
Another person who will of course be part of the discussions is Chief Scout Graham Carr, who was paramount in lining up the five French players we brought in last January, and who are turning out to be top class acquisitions for Newcastle.
When we were last flying high – in the summer of last year – the club decided not to strengthen the squad too much, and we suffered for that last season when we came perilously close to relegation.
So it would be nice if the club could get say a couple of good players through the door next month, although at the moment we seem to be well off with players, since we have no injuries at all in the squad – other than to Ryan Taylor.
This is what Pardew has told the press:
“That might be an opportunity for us to galvanize ourselves. I haven’t really talked too much about the finance available but we’ve talked about players,”
“We’re making sure that we don’t miss what might be a key signing. You look at the last two January windows, we’ve done good business.”
“We sit down and discuss and make sure we make the right decision for the club. The finance comes into that, of course, but so does selection of what I need.”
“With Joe’s knowledge of football he knows that the manager needs certain things and that has helped, in my opinion. I don’t really want to say any more than that but I think that gives you a little bit of insight.”
Of course Joe’s job is exactly that – to bring in new players to the club.
And with Newcastle dong so well in the league in the first 17 games, 30 points is the best we’ve done since the great Bobby Robson was managing the club, a couple of good January signings are just what we need, and then Newcastle could even be accused of being ambitious, and maybe even going for a top four position this season.
Wouldn’t that would be something.
But don’t mention this to Alan Pardew – I might get into trouble. 😀
Howay The Lads!!
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