Alan Pardew ‘Newcastle board needs to back Rafa…Brighton have better team’
To have a decent season Newcastle fans will for starters be expecting to finish above the two other promoted clubs, however, Alan Pardew doesn’t necessarily believe that will be the case at the moment.
The out of work manager thinks that Brighton have a better team than Newcastle and that Rafa Benitez needs ‘two or three big players’ to have a better starting eleven than Chris Hughton’s team.
Pardew claiming that it was simply Rafa having more players available in April/May that allowed Newcastle to snatch the title on the final day of the Championship season.
As for Huddersfield, they have spent more money this summer than Newcastle, but Alan Pardew is convinced that by the end of August, Newcastle will have spent more than both of the other two promoted clubs.
The former Newcastle manager says that it is a big thing to have the backing of the supporters and that Rafa certainly has that, however, he says that this can’t be enough on its own and that ‘the board need to back’ Rafa Benitez.
Despite NUFC seemingly scratching around for bargains this summer, Pardew says he is convinced that Newcastle are working on bringing in a ‘big hitter’ to add to the team – ‘a flair player who can get those Geordie boys off their seats’.
Fair to say that at the start of the window most Newcastle fans expected the club to bring in at least one or two players who would cost at least around the £16m club record signing figure (Michael Owen). Those expectations though have diminished rapidly and if it were to happen in these remaining days/weeks of the transfer window, it would be a very welcome surprise.
Let’s hope Alan Pardew is right for once…
Alan Pardew talking to Sky Sports:
“I think Newcastle need two or three big players because Brighton, their starting eleven, are actually slightly stronger than Newcastle.
“They need that starting eleven – Newcastle’s squad was bigger and had more options in that run-in (in the Championship) but they need to have the starting eleven improved.
“I think Rafa has got the backing of the fans – they are with him and that is a massive thing for a football club.
“They (the fans) need to look after him and the board need to back him.
“I don’t think it’s realistic to expect £100m of transfers – I think that figure would be wages included, probably, and everything that comes in will be balanced against that.
“Some of these free transfers are very, very expensive – we (Crystal Palace) took Mandanda from Marseille and he was a lot of money, despite being a free transfer.
“There is still a lot of business to be done in this transfer window and Newcastle will be one of them (clubs spending). I will be very surprised if they don’t spend more than Brighton and Huddersfield (in this transfer window).
“You need a big hitter and I think that is what they (Newcastle) are trying to nail down.
“I am not talking with any insight by the way…but I’d be surprised if they don’t bring what I would call an entertainer, a striker, a flair player who can get those Geordie boys off their seats.”
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