Newcastle United want to make quick signings and recruit before this summer’s World Cup in an attempt to rediscover some momentum – and Alan Pardew has been given the green light to manage any new arrivals.
The Journal understands that United plan to confirm Pardew will be in charge for the start of the 2014/15 campaign later today. Meeting the pre-season target of 10th place has granted him further time, and he will get a completely re-modelled squad next season and time to prepare with them.
Pardew has now urged the board to act quickly as they look to bring in three new strikers as part of a major rebuilding job. It is a call that has been heeded by the Magpies board, who have begun work on trying to secure reinforcements.
Having been informed that he is safe ahead of a meeting with Ashley this week, the next few days will see the manager begin the process of finalising which players he will make available over the summer.
A major clear-out of senior players will see Sylvain Marveaux, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gabriel Obertan and Jonas Gutierrez all made available. Shola Ameobi will be released by the club while, after consideration, there is no permanent deal in the offing for Luuk de Jong and United expect Loic Remy to look elsewhere this summer.
Steven Taylor’s future is also under scrutiny and Newcastle may try to cash in on the defender, who appeared in the last two games of the season. He is one of the highest earners at the club.
Newcastle will need to replace them and hope to announce their first signing before the World Cup. Pardew wants Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey – however, The Journal understands there is no interest in Aston Villa’s Andreas Weimann and Fabien Delph, despite a weekend in which they were linked to the club.
Each United player will get a programme to follow over the summer and will be told to expect to improve on last year’s 10th-place finish.
It promises to be a major clear-out but defender Taylor insisted on Sunday night that he wants to stay at Newcastle – and said he intends to finish his career at St James’ Park.
He said: “I have two years left anyway. I don’t see my future anywhere apart from Newcastle. I have said that since I was a young lad coming through the ranks. I love it at Newcastle. I would love to finish my career here.”
Asked where Newcastle can improve next season, Taylor said that the club have to “stick together” more than they did during the second half of a season when they fell away badly after Christmas.
Taylor echoed the sentiments that will be expressed to Pardew at his summit with Ashley when he said the club should “improve” on 10th place in the Premier League next year.
The Newcastle defender said: “We have to make sure we get back to being like a team at the start of the season. We were fantastic at that stage. We were all sticking together and that’s what we all have to do as players is stick together.
“What happens over the summer we will see, but the players who are here and are still here for pre-season just have to stick together.
“The aim this season was to finish in the top 10. Next season we have to make sure we improve and better that finish again.
“We had a great first half of the season then after Christmas time things didn’t happen for us. We had a bad run towards the end of the season and the fans are entitled to voice their opinions.
“They pay good money to follow this club and have high expectations. We have to live up to those expectations.”