ALAN Pardew has told the Newcastle United fans to forget about Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan – and instead focus on cheering on some ‘new heroes’.
The United boss, back at his desk this week as he continues with his summer rebuilding project, is determined to bring in new faces which will excite the club’s fans next season.
Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux have already been snapped up, with Pardew admitting he is still in the market for another striker as he looks to fill the gaps created by the £35m sale of Carroll to Liverpool in January, and skipper Nolan’s £4m switch to West Ham last month.
Pardew admitted Newcastle decided to sell skipper Kevin Nolan because they did not believe he had another five years in him at the top level.
The 29-year-old left for relegated West Ham last month after failing to win the long-term contract he was looking for, despite scoring 12 goals for the Magpies last season.
Pardew was disappointed to lose Nolan, who had two years remaining on his existing deal, but insisted there would have been little point in keeping a disgruntled player.
He said: “Kevin didn’t want to stay, that’s the end of the debate. Kevin couldn’t get a contract for four or five years.
“My opinion is that we couldn’t give Kevin a five-year contract because if Kevin isn’t playing first-team football, he isn’t going to be the leader that we want.
Pardew now hopes the supporters will start to look forward, rather than back, as their pre-season preparations begin in earnest today.
Pardew said: “It can be easy to look at who isn’t at the club, but it is always exciting to see new players and what they can produce.
“There’s always the chance for new heroes.”
Pardew must address the issue of who will be his new skipper in the next few weeks, with Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor having emerged as early candidates for the armband.
United yesterday announced a friendly with Serie A side Fiorentina at St James’s Park on August 6, and Pardew admitted he hopes fans will not only get the chance to see new boys Cabaye, Ba and Marveaux in a black and white shirt, but also two more new faces.
The Magpies manager added: “By that time, there could well be new faces to go with the new players we already have. We’ll have to see.
“This will be a chance for our fans not only to see a game at St James’s Park against top quality opponents – it will be the first chance to see some new faces.”
How much money there is left for Pardew to spend, remains a guarded subject.
When Carroll was sold, both Pardew and managing director Derek Llambias pledged that the £35m would be reinvested in the club, but while only Cabaye has cost a fee – believed to be £4.8m – Pardew hinted that agents fees and signing-on payments for free transfers Ba and Marveaux had also taken up a significant chunk of that money.