Alan Pardew targets new blood

alan pardew beardAlan Pardew admits there needs to be changes to his Newcastle squad next season and is confident he will be around to make them.

The Magpies finished the season with a 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal on Sunday afternoon but thankfully they were already safe from the drop after Wigan had lost to the Gunners in midweek.

Speculation has been rife that Pardew could be ousted from the club following a season of struggle but the Toon boss believes he will still be in charge for the new campaign.

“I’m pretty confident I’ll be the manager here,” he revealed. “I love being the manager and I will be speaking to [owner] Mike [Ashley] and [managing director] Derek [Llambias] this week to make sure we get a response and the right reaction.”

Meanwhile Pardew admits the Europa League campaign took its toll on his squad and although Europe is not on the agenda for next season, he is still looking to strengthen further.

“It was the depth, really, and quality we need to improve on. But next year, we haven’t got that pressure and we can go week to week in this Premier League,” he added.

“But we are not going to be foolish enough to think that we don’t have a couple of issues to sort out in the team – not major issues, but certainly one or two players to add to offer us a different look.”