Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed that the Toon are looking at a decent sized budget for the summer transfer period, as the side all but secure safety in the Barclays Premier League.
Newcastle currently sit at ninth on the table, and are seven points from the drop zone with four games to play. While seven points doesn’t seem like so many, there are eight teams between Newcastle and 17th place, so it would appear very difficult to end up being relegated at this point.
“I think that’s us past the post, and that obviously makes it a little bit easier in terms of looking towards the future and hardening up some of the plans,” Pardew said.
“That process has been ongoing for a little while, but now we can step things up in certain areas.
“We’ve already started work on the training ground, and we have some undersoil heating going in that will make a huge difference to us.
“We might actually be able to train in December and January, which will be useful.”
Pardew also revealed that Newcastle are already making their interest in certain players known throughout the football world, so they can get ahead with signings and rebuild the side, particularly after Andy Carroll’s departure to Liverpool.
“We’re also actively pursuing players already because we don’t want to be left behind in the summer,” the Newcastle manager said.
“I’ve had a meeting about budgets and I think we all know where we stand. I’m pleased with the talks.”
Newcastle have at least £35 million in the transfer kitty, after the record fee was received for Carroll’s move to Liverpool. While there were concerns that the money might not be invested into buying new players, Pardew’s confidence in the budget will no doubt put fans minds' at ease that Liverpool’s money will be spent well.