Ashley is desperate for success and ready to invest, says Pardew

Newcastle manager says he is in talks over summer signings and plans to rebuild St James' Park side

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew remains convinced he will be given the bulk of the £35m the club raked in when they sold Andy Carroll to strengthen his squad.

Pardew spent most of January telling anyone who wanted to hear it that the England striker would not be sold, until Liverpool made the Magpies an offer they could not refuse.

The manager was devastated to lose a player who had made a major impact in the Premier League, but was comforted by the belief that he would get the proceeds this summer, provided he could keep the club in the top flight. The Newcastle owner Mike Ashley's critics remain unconvinced but Pardew insists he is expecting to be able to spend significantly.

Speaking on a BBC Radio Newcastle phone-in, Pardew said: "I'm as sure as I can be that we will. We are in plans and negotiations with a couple of players out of contract in the summer. I understand the frustration with what's gone in the past. If I was a fan here would I be jumping up and down about Mike Ashley? Probably not.

"But he doesn't want to put his investment into this club to come here and lose games and be abused. I know Mike Ashley this well – there's no point him paying for me and my staff to fly around Europe if he had no interest in buying players. Some of the expense is phenomenal. I genuinely feel he wants to say, 'I got it right here'. Hopefully, he's going to prove that."

Whatever proportion of the cash Pardew does get is likely to have to cover wages as well as transfer fees as the club continues to work within a pay structure. However, he believes the lure of St James' Park is huge for players like the Ivory Coast international Cheick Tioté, who has been a big hit since his arrival from FC Twente last summer.

"The pool isn't big if your agenda is young players who fit into our wage structure," Pardew said. "We will be in the same field as Marseilles, Villa, Everton and Tottenham, so you have got to bypass all the barriers to get somebody like Cheick. They are out there, but you have got to work really, really hard. But the players I have approached would love to come to play with 52,000 roaring them on.

"You can see players who have got a chance of Champions League football in France, Belgium and Holland playing in front of 10,000 people week in, week out. Here, you can play every weekend in front of 50,000, and you have got to be inspired by that."

Pardew freely admits he is still working to win over his own detractors after he replaced Chris Hughton in controversial circumstances, and he knows he faces the same criticisms as Ashley from many.

But he is adamant that both he and the owner are determined to bring success to Tyneside. He said: "I don't think I'm going to win the fans over until they see we are a Premier League club next year, and a kind of rebuilding of the team. There are times when I say to Mike [he should speak to the fans], but it's not in him. But he genuinely wants to prove he can make this a success."



Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before