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Pardew targets new Newcastle faces

May 20, 2013
By Kristan Heneage

Alan Pardew has said he believes Newcastle need “two or three” quality addition during the summer to avoid a repeat of their Premier League struggles.

Alan Pardew
PA PhotosPardew wants to strengthen his ranks

The Magpies tumbled from top five to bottom five in the space of 12 months as Pardew struggled to recapture the success of his first season in charge.

Despite significant investment in January, which saw five new players brought in, the Newcastle boss said more would be needed if the team are to push back up the table.

“We still need to make sure we get two or three recruits in there which take us forward,” he explained. “If we can do that, they’ll grow as well and we’ll be much, much better next year.

“You hear managers taking about needing three players to make the perfect side, but we genuinely need a couple in the first team that complement the others.”

Pardew praised the Newcastle supporters after another sell-out St James’ Park crowd watched the final game of the season, a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.

“We’re very lucky to have them - we mentioned that in the dressing room after the game,” he explained.

“There were 52,000 again. I said to them [the players] that, even if we’d gone down, there’d still be 52,000. We’ve got to serve up better than what we’ve served up this year.”