Pardew holds new transfer summit with Ashley
Published 23:00 20/01/11 By MirrorFootball
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew yesterday pleaded with owner Mike Ashley for cash to bring in new players during the transfer window.
Pardew is worried he has not been able to strengthen his squad as his injury list mounts, with Andy Carroll still injured and Alan Smith now ruled out for the rest of the season.
Pardew had already held a transfer summit with Ashley at the start of month. But, with time running out, they arranged to meet again yesterday at St James’ Park.
“I’m going to see Mike Ashley just to reinforce the point - that’s my job,” said Pardew beforehand, who insisted he would be “very surprised and disappointed” if he didn’t make any signings in the next 10 days.
“I’m not saying it’s the end of the world, but I do feel the need to bring in a player or two as soon as we can - absolutely," he said. “It’s a concern that we have lost so many players to injuries.”
Although he was not landed any of his targets, Pardew has been inundated with calls from agents about possible deals.
”I’m not enjoying the transfer window at all," he revealed. "It’s been the worst period for myself as a manager. I can’t remember it being quite as active as this in previous windows.
“The agents involved only have a month to earn their money, so an agent parks himself in the middle of a deal even if he doesn’t represent the player. It just goes on and on. It’s chaos trying to put it all together."
Smith is the latest player to be sidelined after injuring the same ankle that threatened his future when he broke it while at Manchester United.
Pardew denied the latest setback could finish Smith’s career.
He said: ”That’s overstepping the mark. He’s still a young guy and has plenty of years ahead of him.”
But the manager admitted: ”It’s a big blow for Alan - it’s not good. He’s a tough boy and a real man’s man, so taking his trade away for six months after what he’s been through will be very very difficult for him.
“Not many would cope with it but Alan will. He’s down at minute but will be fine because he has that strength of will.
“He’s very important to us, not just on the playing side, but in the dressing room as a leader throughout the place He’s one of those lieutenants who police the training ground and will be a big loss for me.”
Meanwhile, thigh-strain victim Carroll is making slow progress and has now been ruled out for two more games.
”The solution is rest, really," said Pardew. "Although we are trying to accelerate the healing. We have thought about increasing his oxygen level, but that’s all you can do - generally treat the injury.
“We’ve talked about a decompression thing and about whether it would be beneficial. It’s something we might look at next week.”