ALAN Pardew has moved to reassure Danny Simpson after the full-back admitted he fears for his Newcastle United future.
The defender told Newcastle Magistrates Court this week he thought his time at St James’ Park was ending.
Simpson has 18 months left on his contract and, with talks over an extension having long since stalled, said he expected to be transfer-listed in the near future – leaving possibly as soon as January.
He said in court: “There is a chance I will be moving, whether in the transfer window in January or in the summer.
“I have 18 months left on my contract and I don’t think it will go past that.”
Pardew, though, insisted the player was on course to get a new deal “quite quickly” if he continues his recent form.
The Magpies boss said: “He has been a great players for us and he will continue to be.
“He wants to earn a new contract and if he keeps playing like he is there is a good chance he will get one.”
Simpson’s comments were an attempt at mitigation as he unsuccessfully tried to avoid a driving ban after being caught speeding.
The Mancunian argued he might soon need his car to travel to training at another club, pleaded poverty when it was suggested he get a chauffeur and cited domestic problems.
Daughter Skye-Lorena was born six weeks prematurely in July and spent her first few months at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Shortly after being released she contracted a virus, and was only released again on Friday. Simpson claimed it caused tension with his girlfriend Stephanie.
Happily, Skye-Lorena is now recovering, though she still requires regular hospital check-ups.
Pardew thinks the child’s improving health will help her dad on the field, but feels Simpson embarrassed himself with his comments.
“I think, basically, he had some bad advice,” was Pardew’s assessment.
“It has been a big battle for the baby, and him and his partner. It looks like he coming out of that now.
“He feels a little bit let down in himself, but it is nice his home life is back on an even keel.”
Simpson’s insecurity has not been helped by the fact both “left-backs” at St James’ Park are right-footed.
Ryan Taylor, who has been filling in there this season, views himself primarily as a right-back.
Summer signing Davide Santon was handed the No.3 shirt after replacing former occupant José Enrìque.
He showed at Inter Milan he can played in any wide position, but his four Italy starts were at right-back.
Meanwhile, Pardew claimed last night the Magpies do not “fear” the League Cup despite it contributing to Birmingham City’s relegation.
The Blues were surprise winners of the trophy, yet it appeared to suck momentum from their Premier League campaign, and they were relegated at the end of last season.
However, Pardew said: “I do not fear it and nor do my board so we will go and attack the cup.
“I would like us to win a trophy. It is something we need to do.”
Newcastle are at Blackburn Rovers in Wednesday’s fourth round.
Pardew, who is considering loaning Steve Harper or Rob Elliot for match practice, conceded centre-back is the biggest concern in his squad.
He added: “In the last window we tried to get a centre-half in and we were not able to not because of finance but because of the other club.
“It is one of our weaker areas, but when Mike Williamson comes back from an ankle injury I will be a lot more comfortable.”
Nile Ranger is the latest United player due before Newcastle magistrates, on November 10. He has been charged with drink-drinking.