ALAN Pardew has admitted there’s “frustration” in the Newcastle United dressing room at a lack of incoming transfers.
Joey Barton and Jose Enrique have used social networking site Twitter to hint at unrest within the squad.
While Pardew maintains the team spirit is intact, he has conceded there’s an impatience among players for reinforcements to arrive with the new Premier League season just eight days away.
“It’s difficult when we’re looking for transfers, and maybe waiting for one or two to come in,” Pardew told SportMail.
“That’s been our big problem, and that’s frustrated the group, Joey and myself – we want one or two players to come into this building.
“But we’re not that far away – we’ve got some very good players.”
Events off the field have also been a source of frustration to Pardew.
The club’s again been making headlines for the wrong reasons, and this has seen Pardew spent less time on the training field, and more time firefighting, as the clock runs down to the start of the new season.
Barton’s transfer-lising in the wake of events at Elland Road, and his subsequent use of Twitter to hint at his unease at the club’s direction, has diverted his energies away from preparing the squad.
“I can’t say I’ve enjoyed this week – there have been too many problems to deal with,” Pardew went on.
“I’ve wanted to focus on Fiorentina, but unfortunately a lot of my time has been taken up with Joey and the board, trying to resolve things and make sure we’re strong for the start of the season.”