The club don’t have time on their hands

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew hopes the club will attempt to sign more British players in the next transfer window, after claiming there are too many foreign players at St James’ Park, according to the Daily Mail.

Pardew is set to work with the Magpies’ controversial director of football Joe Kinnear in January to bring in new signings, and has claimed his relationship with the Irishman has improved.

“Joe has asked what I want, I’ve told him and it’s his job to get it out of Mike Ashley,” Pardew said.

“We need to look at British players because we’re starting to get filled up with perhaps too many foreigners.”

One English signing Newcastle missed out on in the summer was Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, who scored a stunning goal on his England debut against Montenegro on Friday night.

“We weren’t sure; I think that’s where everybody was at the start of the season,” he told Sky Sports when asked about the Townsend deal.

“You’re talking about a high level. We’ve got fantastic players at our football club and is he better than the ones we’ve got? 

“I was a bit like “hmm, not sure”. I think (Andre Villas-Boas) was a little bit like that as well.

“But fair play to the lad, he’s come into Tottenham’s team and done terrific and now he’s made that extra step which is great for England and Spurs in particular.”

Pardew has also revealed that Kinnear has been more supportive of the work he is trying to do, while claiming club owner Mike Ashley gets ‘confused and upset’ by the game.

“I didn’t know Joe at all. So far, you can only take someone as you find them and so far he’s been supportive,” he added. 

“He [Mike Ashley] can’t understand the logic of how football works and it confuses him. I think it upsets him.”

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