Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says his players will be concentrating on keeping the Toon in the Barclays Premier League for the rest of the season, with contract talks halted until the summer transfer period.
“I’m not going to talk about any outgoings at all,” Pardew told The Journal.
“They are decisions we’ll make at the end of the season – and I think that applies to all the decisions like that. We’ve stopped all contracts talks until then as well.
Pardew hinted that every player’s performance between now and the end of the season will be considered when they are offered a renewal of their contracts or considered for transfers in the 2011/12 season.
“All the players have got plenty to play for between now and the end of the season, and whether they will still be here, I think that’s part of it.
“Contracts, going forward – the fact it’s well documented that we’ve got finances to improve the squad, if I was a player here I’d be making sure I was playing very, very well to do my best to stay in the team for next year.”
Speculation is surrounding Sol Campbell, Danny Guthrie and Alan Smith’s positions at the Toon. Joey Barton and José Enrique also are yet to renew their contracts with the club, but Pardew insists all players will be looked at in the same light when discussing futures at Newcastle.
“Every player is under scrutiny between now and the end of the season at every Premier League club because it’s all so very, very tight between those teams.”