ALAN Pardew has told Newcastle United fans to relax this summer – because they can “trust” the club to get it right in the transfer window.
The Premier League’s manager of the year is quite open about the possibility of United selling one of their blue-chip players in the close season, and knows he can give no guarantees that star names will not be sold.
But he is adamant Newcastle will only sell for the kind of figures that would allow them to reinvest in the team and push the club forward.
Before jetting off for a quick break at the end of the week Pardew is set to be given a clearer picture of his transfer budget, with the United manager angling for money to bring in at least two defenders.
He also wants a midfielder to replace the outgoing Danny Guthrie. Either way, the Newcastle manager cut a particularly relaxed figure when pinned down on transfer dealings by The Journal.
It is a confidence that he believes is shared by supporters who see that the club has a policy that is about more than just making money by selling high and buying low.
He thinks they now buy into a philosophy that Pardew has long maintained is all about improving the club incrementally on the back of good negotiating, excellent scouting and razor-sharp coaching. “I think we have the confidence of our supporters going into this window and that’s something I don’t think you could have said for a long while,” he told The Journal.
“That comes through the business we have done recently and of course, that will help us. That trust can be a very important thing.
“We’re going to make mistakes at some point but we haven’t made many.
“And I think the supporters can see that with this policy, if we sign three or four players we should have at least two who are very good ones. That is our ratio at the moment and it is a pretty good ratio.” Although United are not advanced in any of their incomings, supporters can expect to know more about outgoings this week with the club poised to announce their retained list imminently.
A senior source said there would be “no surprises”, although United will lose players who have played a significant part in recent seasons. Guthrie is set to be the headline departure – Premier League newcomers West Ham are interested – but Peter Løvenkrands and Alan Smith are also due to leave the club.
A raft of reserves, including Hungary defender Tamas Kadar, will follow them out of the door as Pardew clears the decks in anticipation of a development squad that will also supply first-team players.
Other minor tweaks will also be made. Pardew is planning on making one or two cosmetic changes at the training ground and is also digesting the end-of-season feedback he has had from coaches and staff with a view to implementing some modifications.
The Newcastle boss believes the club needs to constantly evolve and is wary of any complacency seeping in. The Journal understands that the club are considering making the temporary cryotherapy chambers that they brought into the training ground a permanent fixture next year. “There are a couple of areas that I would like to improve,” he added.