Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has been pleasantly surprised by the Toon’s progress this season, with the Northern side staving off relegation mid season and now targeting a 10th place finish.
“If I’m honest they have done better than I thought,” Shearer told the Journal.
“I think I was like everyone else, probably a little bit apprehensive. You’ve got to give them credit they’ve done really well – they’ve stayed away from the bottom six for the majority of the season.
“I think that was their target when they first set out and they’ve achieved that, really, with ease.”
While Newcastle did face a small period where they were becoming close to the drop, along with a large number of other mid-table placed sides this season the Toon persevered and came out of their lull to guarantee safety four games before the season’s end, with the club setting a new goal of finishing in the top 10.
Shearer said the side were more relaxing that in the past about the possibility of being relegated, but Pardew will need some serious summer cash to keep the club in a safe frame of mind.
“It’s never really been panic stations, as it has been in other seasons. We hope that’s the same next season – but that really depends on what the manager’s going to be given to spend,” the ex-Newcastle manager said.
“You spend £10million to stand still. That’s the harsh fact of it. It all depends on what’s going to happen, there’s only one guy that can answer that.
“Hopefully he’ll give him a few quid and they can start climbing.”