Pardew (Softly) Demands New Signings
Unlike Kevin Keegan who as manager would draw a line in the sand as to what he expected the backing of his board to be, Alan Pardew plays a subtle but still public game of cat and mouse in terms of what he needs for his team/squad.
Whether he is right or wrong to take this approach will be decided by where Newcastle United end up going and of course what backing in the transfer market he gets in the meantime.
Mike Ashley has most definitely proved to be someone who doesn’t take kindly to demands, so it will be interesting to see what does happen in January as Alan Pardew has made clear (even if in a subtle way) yet again that he thinks the board need to change their position on transfer policy;
“This (losing) spell certainly made me question a few things we have done. Whenever you get a blip like that, it makes you get on your mettle and change a few things.
We have changed quite a few things actually and I think it is also time for the board to have a little look at things as well”.
That the squad needs strengthening is beyond any doubt but where Alan Pardew will be able to shop in January will all depend on what is made available to him.
Backing Graham Carr and Alan Pardew’s judgement will pay dividends, they will get Ashley value for money but you can’t always do it on the cheap.
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