Alan Pardew has told Newcastle players they will have to wait until the end of the season for contract talks, but pressure is on the Toon manager to start sorting his wish list for the 2011/12 team out now, according to The Journal.
Pardew has moved to assure fans that all of the £35 million accumulated from the sale of Andy Carroll will be invested into new blood, however without European experience to offer possible transfer targets, it is believed that the Newcastle manager feels the club must wait before making any signings to allow potential transfer players to weigh up their options first.
Newcastle are currently sitting mid table, and should their form continue they appear safe from a second relegation in three years. Pardew warned players last week that while the first season is tough after being newly promoted, the second season can prove even more difficult.
“Believe me, the second year after promotion is always tougher," he told reporters.
“You don’t have the initial burst of adrenalin after promotion and it is something we have to start thinking about now and laying the foundations.
“The great character that we need to show in the next nine games is the same sort of stuff we’ll need in abundance next year.”
With this in mind, Pardew will no doubt be looking to build a fresh Newcastle squad that won’t miss the presence of star striker Andy Carroll.
The Journal is reporting that rather than drawing up a short list of players which the Toon would be interested in purchasing, Pardew has created a list of ‘five to six players’ who would fit each position, so that should a potential signing go to a higher flight club, Newcastle will have back up players of interest who are suitable.