We’re pretty sure that Alan Pardew was promised some decent money to spend in this summer’s transfer window before he surprisingly opted to join Crystal Palace at the end of last year after he was appointed by Chairman Steve Parish after the London club had fired Neil Warnock, and were third bottom of the league.
As we all know Alan moved Palace up to 10th place in the league 5 places above Newcastle and 9 points better off – so Alan did well in his first half season at his former club.
The latest news is that Pardew wants Tim Krul at the club – but in late April Alan denied that he was trying to get Tim – although that may have changed in the last couple of months.
Tim Krul – wants assurances from Newcastle
The news is that Tim – who was married to girlfriend Claire Hall earlier this month – wants to have a talk with new head coach Steve McClaren.
There’s nothing wrong with that, especially when another club is supposed to be after you, and we expect Steve to be talking to a number of the players in the next couple of weeks.
Tim did not have a good second half of the season, but it was a nightmare time for both fans and players, so it’s probably best forgotten, with most players playing nowhere near their best.
Tim will also want to know who is going to be the goalkeeper coach – whether Andy Woodman is staying or he may leave to join Palace – and if that happens Eric Steele will be brought in.
We hope that Tim, stays on board at Newcastle, and that Newcastle have three good goalkeepers at the club.
Maybe that’s Tim Krul, Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow – because last season we had only two, and young and inexperienced Jak Alnwick had to play for us for eight games.
Most top PL sides have three experienced goalkeepers simply because it’s such a specialist position – and Newcastle should start acting as a top club.
As we said, we hope Tim stays at Newcastle – he can be an excellent goalkeeper for us – and certainly doesn’t lack confidence, as he amply showed in that amazing performance in the World Cup last year for Holland.
And that game he played against Tottenham in late 2013 when we won 1-0 at White Hart Lane, was one of the best performances by a Newcastle goalkeeper ever – he looked unbeatable.
Tale a look.