Pardew ponders striking new year addition

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew
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NEWCASTLE United may have to make an emergency move in January’s transfer window.

The Magpies sat second-bottom in the Premier League ahead of tomorrow’s game at Swansea, failing to score in four of their first six league games.

Pardew had insisted after the summer transfer window closed that he was confident his team had enough goals in it, but the under-fire manager has conceded that the Tynesiders may well need to strengthen in the new year.

Pardew, however, remains hopeful that Newcastle can challenge in the top half of the division.

Asked if there was still a chance of a good season, he said: “I think it’s possible. In the past, teams have started like this and finished really strongly.

“For us, our focus is on the short term, and see where we are when we get to January, because we really need to be away from the bottom six or seven.

“Otherwise, in January, we might need to do something, because we want to be in the top half. That’s our focus.”

Newcastle last took three points from their first six league games in the 2003-04 season, when Sir Bobby Robson was in charge at St James’s Park.

The Magpies recovered and finished fifth that campaign – but Robson had Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy leading the line.

While Pardew’s squad looks short in a couple of areas, the 53-year-old maintains that he still believes the players he has are good enough to pull the club away from trouble.

“Yes, because I believe in the squad, of course,” said Pardew.

“If we had one game to go and we needed three points, I would still believe in the squad.

“That’s how football managers are made – I don’t think the media quite get that. It doesn’t matter, when that window shuts, that’s my team, I have got to make it happen.

“I have got to produce out of that team, I have got to find a way. That’s my job.”

While some of Newcastle’s rivals paid – handsomely – for Premier League experience in the summer, United opted only signed one player – free transfer Jack Colback – from the division.

Pardew, however, has defended the club’s long-established approach to recruitment, which has seen many players, among them Yohan Canaye and Cheick Tiote, signed directly from continental clubs.

“We have produced some fantastic signings at this football club,” said Pardew.

“I don’t think anyone would deny that, so we can’t suddenly say we have got it all wrong and this is the wrong model and these are the wrong players.

“We have got to give them time, and it hasn’t helped, the fact that we haven’t won.

“I think Jack has been terrific, maybe because he understands the Premier League a little bit more than the others.

“But we need to produce great players at the football club. This football club has to have great players.”