Alan Pardew last night admitted he had not spoken to Joe Kinnear over the weekend and will today seek answers about where the club are with regards to transfers.
Newcastle United’s manager has allowed the director of football to get on with his job of signing players, with the club expected to make an increased offer for Lyon striker Bafitimbi Gomis over the next 24 hours.
Papiss Cisse will play against St Mirren tomorrow, which is positive news, but the manager’s patience is surely close to running out as the days continue to pass without a signing being made.
Pardew clearly feels that it is Kinnear’s job to finalise the transfer of Gomis, and the possibility of a loan deal for Loic Remy, among other deals he wants to see happen before the start of the Premier League season.
When asked about the Gomis situation, Pardew said: “All I can say is that I haven’t spoken to Joe about it for the past two days.
“I obviously let him, Mike (Ashley) and the board get on with trying to get a striker in. I will check in with Joe tomorrow to see where we are.”
Pardew, along with every Newcastle fan, will hope to hear some good news.
Shola Ameobi scored the only goal of yesterday’s pre-season match at Blackpool. Pardew left behind a number of first-team stars, Cisse included, but the striker will get a run-out in Scotland tomorrow.
The manager spoke encouragingly about the striker’s state of mind and physical condition now the stand-off over wearing the Wonga-sponsored strip has come to an end. Pardew said: “We can talk about Papiss as a footballer, which is unusual for this season. He has trained with us for two days now and he actually surprised me. Papiss looks in good fettle. So I will probably give him a half at St Mirren.
“We will now bond around him, support him and try to get the very best out of him because he is obviously a very important player for us.
“Mentally, I think he’s fine. It was obviously a taxing situation and now it’s resolved it’s done. This is like anything in life; you make a decision, stand by it and then see it through. Those of us that work in football are a pretty resilient bunch because we have to bounce back again and again and again. If you don’t, you’re in trouble. But I honestly don’t see any problem with Papiss.”
Pardew added that he would love to get Cisse's new partner into the club right away.
He said: “Papiss is a vital player for the team. He got isolated at times last season. So it would be nice to team him up and form a relationship with a No 10.”
Pardew was content enough with yesterday’s match on the Lancashire coast against Paul Ince’s Blackpool.
He said: “That was a good workout. Blackpool have a week to go until their season begins, so they were more organised and up to speed than us. We have three weeks still to go so considering where we are, that was a really good test.
“We didn’t bring our strongest team, but the guys who did come put in some good performances. We were a bit crisper in our passing, which is down to the work we’ve done, and the back four was nice and compact.
“So there were good signs tactically and we looked fairly strong – and I have to say that our fans were absolutely magnificent.
“I decided to try and give as many players as possible a full 90 minutes.”