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This summer will be no picnic for Alan Pardew

By Lee Ryder on May 20, 11 05:12 PM


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 £35million waiting in the bank, time will only tell if he is allowed to do exactly that.

5 Comments

Ged said:

There should be at least £50 - £60 million in the bank. No spending in Jan. Income from Carroll and money that would have to be spent this summer anyway.

However when Ash adds it all up it will probably be nearer to £5 - £6 million.


DurhamMag said:

We NEED to spend big, the current squad is full of championship players who can only turn it on once in a blue moon. Consistancy is the key in this leauge. Sunderland have had a terrible 2011 but still finish above us?? Does that not say everything we need to say about our current manager/squad??

Saint Sid James said:

At the end of a mixed season on and off the pitch Pardew is certainly wise to fear Newcastle getting caught cold next season. Proof is there for everybody to see given that they caught second season syndrome during the second half of their first season back in the premier league,

Although fans and the press will talk a lot about the need to spend big money during the coming summer, that is very unlikely to happen. It is much more likely that new faces will be young or belong to second round pick ups from teams just relegated.

On the funny side of things, Pardew must be congratulated for making the quote of the day. refer of course to him saying "We will attack cups next season".

One has to wonder why exactly he wants to assault teacups, but I guess nothing that happens at my Theatre of Laughs should actually surprise us.

Carry on Pardew with the funny quotes. Saint Sid your eternal friend from up top.

keir said:

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.

THIS FROM THE MAN WHO SAID CARROLL WERENT LEAVING AT ANY PRICE?!?!?!?!

We'll sell Enrique and use Ferguson, Tiote/Barton will go if decent offers come in

Maximum Outlay will be £10mill

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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