The Telegraph is reporting tonight that it could be as early as tomorrow that Newcastle will announce that Alan Pardew will be staying on as manager at Newcastle, but the really interesting news is that Newcastle could announce their first summer signings in a matter of days.
Alan Pardew – announcement could be tomorrow he will be retained
The retention of Pardew will hardly go down well with Newcastle fans, and in our poll of over 4,300 readers voting, 82% want Pardew to be fired.
The news is that the club plan to announce their first signings later this week, and the club plan to have the majority of the signings complete before June 12th, when the World Cup starts – and that would be great if we can really do it.
But it’s always very difficult to complete signings early in the summer, and especially in a World Cup year.
If that indeed can be achieved, it will reflect very well on Lee Charnley, who was charged in February with lining up summer signings for Newcastle, in his new job as Managing Director.
Sources have told the Telegraph that Mike Ashley thought about sacking Pardew, and that he was “angry and disappointed” by the team’s terrible results this year.
Well, he wasn’t the only one.
The news is that he was also concerned by the vicious fan protests against Pardew during Newcastle’s last home game against Cardiff City, which he wisely stayed away from.
And even though some fan groups have tried to get fans to not renew their season tickets, the report says that season ticket sales are as good as ever.
We always think it’s just very hard for Newcastle fans to give up their season tickets and to stop watching the club they love – Newcastle – however bad we are – it’s just not in the Geordie DNA.
The major targets this summer – not surprisingly – are two strikers, and a very creative player to replace Yohan Cabaye who was really missed when he left for PSG in January.
If Newcastle already have signings lined up – then maybe they are some free agents, such as Lyon striker Bafe Gomis, who we were after last summer, but Kinnear could not get the deal over the line.
Lee Charnley will have been able to work out deals with any free agents since January, and if these signings are coming in a matter of days, they could be players out of contract at the end of June.
Hopefully, there will be some good news before the end of the week – that will be a change. :D.