Pardew asks Newcastle United owner for major investment

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ALAN Pardew says he’ll ask for quality AND quantity from Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley in this summer’s transfer window.

Pardew will meet Ashley at the end of the season for what he believes will be an “honest and frank” meeting.

Fans have demanded Pardew’s sacking in recent weeks after a dismal second half to the season.

Pardew is braced for more chants against him during tomorrow’s final game of the season against Liverpool at Anfield.

It remains to be seen whether Ashley - who handed Pardew a seven-year contract early last season and stood by his manager after he headbutted David Meyler - will be swayed by public opinion.

Ninth-placed Newcastle, under Pardew, have achieved Ashley’s objective of a top-10 Premier League finish.

And a club source has described a L’Equipe story that United have sounded out St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier about succeeding Pardew as “nonsense”.

Asked about the report, Pardew said: “I’ve had that many times in my career.

“This isn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last.

“I’m proud to be Newcastle manager. I’m upset at the reaction of the fans to me, obviously, but I don’t hide from it, and I understand it, to a degree.

“So I’m just going to try to focus on Liverpool, and afterwards meeting the board and recruitment.

“That’s what I can do. I’ve tried to be honest. The second half of the season hasn’t been good enough. We need to put that right.”

Pardew is keen to add more “offensive” talent to his squad over the summer months, with United - who didn’t replace January sale Yohan Cabaye - unlikely to sign loanee Loic Remy on a permanent deal.

As many as half a dozen senior departures are expected, but he wouldn’t be drawn on the number of likely arrivals.

“The most important part of this job, at this football club, is getting the recruitment right,” said Pardew.

“Some people are bandying around one player, two players, three players - it doesn’t matter. What we need are the best players we can possibly get for this club.

“We need to make sure we’re strong underneath the best players.

“The big problem in the second half of the season is that some of our players have been missing. That happens.

“We’ve had Remy missing for long periods, but we haven’t been strong enough to deal with that.

“I’m confident we can improve on the second half of this season, for sure.

“I think that I can be a better coach that I was in the second half of the season.

“The incident I had was something I regret. I need to make sure I deal with that next year.”

On his meeting with Ashley, Pardew added: “I’ll be as honest and frank as I can be as a manager.

“I’m sure Mike will have an opinion what what we need to do better.

“Hopefully, we’ll get the right solutions to get a season like we had two years ago (when United finished fifth).”