ALAN Pardew is keen to bolster his backroom team by adding another coach in the summer, The Journal can reveal.
As soon as Premier League survival is assured, Newcastle’s hierarchy are planning a thorough review of a season which has ultimately fallen below expectations.
Mike Ashley is preparing to fund another recruitment drive in the summer, but the United owner wants to see how the club can make more of what they already have.
He wants to see the club challenging for European football again in 2013/14 and is eager to see lessons learned from this year’s struggle against the drop.
That will see the entire set-up assessed after a campaign in which Newcastle have lost some of the momentum created by last season’s fifth-placed finish – and the club prepared to make tough decisions.
The Journal understands Pardew is keen to bolster United’s backroom team, which consists of John Carver, Andy Woodman and Steve Stone – with Willie Donachie responsible for the reserves and Peter Beardsley as football development manager.
The United boss has spoken this season about the draining effect the Europa League has had on his team, hinting the lack of preparation time on the training pitch has been to the detriment of his team’s fortunes.
It would appear bringing in a new face to help out is one of the ways Pardew would propose to improve his squad next term.
United sources have indicated this will be a busy summer at St James’ Park with the squad set for some-thing of an overhaul. The departures of Steve Harper and Danny Simpson are expected but Newcastle are prepared for other players to leave during the close season.
The club seem ready to play hardball with Fabricio Coloccini over his future, with San Lorenzo expecting to lure him back to Argentina but unable to fund the transfer.
Newcastle – who have indicated they will hold talks at the end of the season with their skipper – will not budge on the terms they have set out already.
Newcastle want to add a left winger, a striker and a centre-back as a matter of urgency but are also looking at new goalkeepers. Reading’s former England under-21 stopper Alex McCarthy, who recently broke into the Royals’ first team, is understood to be a name under consideration.
Meanwhile, Romain Amalfitano’s future is looking increasingly uncertain after he was included as the only senior player in an under-21 party which travelled to Cambridge for their 100th anniversary celebrations.
Amalfitano’s Newcastle career has never really got started and Pardew’s decision not to utilise the French midfielder during his recent injury crises was particularly telling. Now the former Reims man looks set to return to France in the summer as part of the squad overhaul that is being prepared by United.
United’s immediate priority is securing safety, however, and the club would have been boosted by the return of Coloccini to training yesterday. Cheick Tiote is also set to return for Saturday’s Liverpool game.
Pardew said: “I think Cheick has a really good chance. I am hoping Colo will train on Thursday then we’ll see. It will be a major boost to have him around.”