Alan Pardew defends transfer policy

Newcastle United manager Alan PardewAlan Pardew has reaffirmed his belief that keeping Newcastle United’s current group of players was more important than majorly adding to the squad this summer.

Discontent has been growing in the Toon Army ranks as a lack of additions has some fans questioning whether Newcastle have the depth of squad to deal with the rigours of combining European football and Premier League fixtures.

There also fears the club has stagnated by failing to capitalise on last year’s fifth place finish, Pardew stated to The Journal: “We did most of our work in the transfer market last summer. That was the important period for this football club because it was either going to take us forwards our backwards.

“Fortunately we made the right selections and it took us forward and then we have secured them as well. You have to look at six month segments in this football world now. It goes from window to window and from now until January we are stable again.”