Newcastle need blood and snot, not glitz and glamour
When it comes to Hollywood signings, they don't come any bigger than David Beckham.
Beckham has had a fantastic career in the game with Man U, England, AC Milan and Real Madrid and the mighty LA Galaxy.
However, whether Newcastle United need Becks right now is open to much debate.
It's understood that Newcastle are NOT really interested in signing Beckham and Pardew's post-game comments at Wigan were more out of respect for the England legend.
But the question has to be, can Newcastle United stay up without signing a big-name like Beckham?
The answer has to be YES.
If Becks was to make an unlikely arrival on Tyneside, then with him he would bring a media circus that Newcastle United just do not need at the moment.
At 35, his best days are behind him.
Of course, Beckham can cross a ball better than most players on the planet and that aspect of his game would greatly benefit Andy Carroll.
But in terms of signing the superstar, with 25 points on the board and hopefully 15 or more to come, I wouldn't swap the blood and snot style of play of Joey Barton and Cheik Tiote for anybody in the Premier League battle we are currently involved in.
Final product and perfection of crosses is something we need to find another solution for.
Beckham would be a luxury player and in my own humble opinion, he wouldn't fit in within the Newcastle United locker room at the moment.
If anything, the current training ground environment is a down to earth one with several players from working class backgrounds all fitting superbly into a team that does best when grafting their socks off.
Barton, Tiote, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Andy Carroll are all a major part of the make-up and the atmosphere at the club right now will not let anybody get above their station.
It's one of the reasons why Carroll has been a success on the field this season, because he has players such as Barton and Nolan who won't let him get too far ahead of himself.
Like it or not, Beckham is one of football's luxury players and whether in his advanced years he has the stomach to deal with the dogfights that lie in wait is unlikely.
Give Beckham the big stage in Serie A at the San Siro to strut his stuff and spend his time shopping in Milan with the wife and he'll be happy.
Give Beckham and Posh the constant limelight of the Goldfish Bowl and a browse around the Grainger Market sidestepping the pigeons before trips to Blackpool, Stoke and Birmingham and I'm not so sure.
Early suggestions that a deal to play for Spurs developed after he bumped into his Cockney pal Jamie Redknapp in Harrods to set up the deal to play in the Champions League tells you everything you need to know about Beckham's mentality.
In my opinion, he won't be able to handle the down to earth honest banter flying around the Toon dressing room which includes an interesting mix of Geordie and Scouse and is based for the first time in a long time on values that come close to matching the same of the fans.
At Wigan, I watched Joey Barton chase a lost cause to set up the only goal of the game when many a player would have just left the ball to be cleared.
He then won a tackle by sliding in on both knees to win the ball with the odds stacked against him.
In a recent game I witnessed Tiote attempt to tackle somebody with his HEED.
I can't see Beckham having the same type of attitude, especially with one eye playing for England and another eye avoiding injury to be fit for LA Galaxy when the MLS starts again in Spring.
It's all or nothing at Newcastle United as they look to secure Premier League status.
And Beckham can't give his all because of other interests.
Therefore he is not the right fit for the Magpies.