This summer will be no picnic for Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew needed no reminding today of what is needed at Newcastle United next season as he settled down in his seat for the final pre-game Press conference of term.
The Toon boss, unusually, laid on a full scale buffet for the media at the club's Benton base but while the mood was light-hearted, the months ahead will be no tea party for the Londoner.
When asked if he expected a busy summer he expected, Pardew gave a clipped reply: "For sure."
The Toon manager seemed under no illusions at what is needed at St James' Park on a fortnightly basis and stated "an attacking brand of football" was one of his main aims.
He spoke of bringing "two or three players who will excite the Newcastle public" and how a "couple of strikes and a wide man" would be his priority this summer.
Pardew has already discussed how next season Newcastle can't be caught cold by second season syndrome and that the initial race to 40 points could be tougher next year if United don't approach it with the right attitude.
However, Pardew stated he was keen to deliver success on all fronts claiming: "We will attack cups next season and try to win one of them"
And there was also room for reflection.
In a game that perhaps summed up the madcap world of the black and whites Pardew says the 4-4 draw with Arsenal was the highlight of the season for him simply because of the "special atmosphere" whipped up by the Geordie fans.
Pardew also felt the season could have been better had Hatem Ben Arfa been available to him and Andy Carroll remained with the club.
As Pardew left the room, there was a feeling he is itching to start rebuilding Newcastle United this summer.
And with Â£35million waiting in the bank, time will only tell if he is allowed to do exactly that.