ALAN Pardew says he faces a nervous summer at Newcastle United as he bids to hang on to some key players.
Pardew – who says he is “100 per cent” certain he will keep his job – will hold talks this week with owner Mike Ashley.
Ashley will demand answers from his manager after a disappointing Premier League season.
And Pardew is hopeful of bringing in “two or three” players to strengthen a squad which was found wanting over the past nine months.
However, he concedes he could yet lose one or more players in the summer transfer window.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini could be allowed to return to his native Argentina for personal reasons, while the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa seem certain to attract interest from clubs involved in European football.
While Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias recently insisted the club would again be “difficult sellers”, Pardew is taking nothing for granted.
“We’re one of those clubs where we’re liable to lose one of our great players to a Champions League team through finance and sometimes the will of the player,” Pardew said.
“You can’t keep a player who doesn’t want to stay.
“Having said that, it’s going to be very difficult for any club to get a player out of here unless its a serious or big bid.”