Alan Pardew has talked about strengthening the squad in the summer, and we certainly need to, and we need more than the four or five players he has so far talked about, but it will also not be easy for Newcastle to attract really top talent to the club, because we are no longer one of the big clubs in England.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle manager
It’s been a really strange season – and for the first 18 games we did great and were 6th top and in touch of the top sides, but since we thrashed a 9 man Stoke side 5-1 on Boxing Day, Newcastle have basically collapsed with 13 defeats in the last 19 league games.
We dare say if those two sets of games had been reversed and we were doing well at the moment after a bad start – things would be a lot more positive – but it didn’t happen that way, and things are very dark on Tyneside these days.
This is what Alan Pardew has told the Chronicle:
“We need to strengthen the under-belly of this football club and we need to do that this summer, probably.” If we can do that, then we are going to be well-set for next year because we have got some very good players on our books now.”
“It is difficult. But we hope to recruit well.” “We have done that since I have been here really.”‘ “We lost a good player in the last window.” “We need to replace him for sure, maybe bring in three or four and move a couple of positions as well.”
Alan even seems confident he will be able to keep his job when he meets with Mike Ashley and the Newcastle Board after our last game of the season at Liverpool on Sunday.
And we dare say that if we finish 9th – by Stoke not winning at West Brom – that would be our second best finish in the league since 2006, when we were in 7th place with 58 points under Glenn Roeder as the then interim manager – although he did get the job permanently and lasted another year.
Two years ago we were 5th with 65 points under Alan Pardew, and that was out best season since Sir Bobby Robson had us in 3rd place and 69 points in 2003, behind Champions Manchester United and runners-up Arsenal, but above both Chelsea and Liverpool – which was also true in 2012.
Davide Moyes is available, and if Mike Ashley really wanted to sign him a couple of times for Newcastle in the past – maybe it will be a window of opportunity that the Billionaire will take?
What do you think?