ALAN Pardew’s vowed to get ruthless at Newcastle United – with players’ futures at stake.
Pardew’s side take on Aston Villa at St James’s Park tomorrow looking to end a dismal run of five successive home defeats.
Newcastle fans were incensed by last week’s 4-0 home capitulation at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
United manager Pardew read the riot act to his team after the club’s third successive Premier League defeat, and there will be changes against Villa. Fabricio Coloccini and Cheik Tiote will be given late fitness tests, while Loic Remy will start after serving a suspension.
And number of players are sweating on their places for the Villa game, with Pardew insisting he will “react” to the Spurs performance.
“Obviously, I’ve got to pick a side which I think will beat Aston Villa,” Pardew said.
“It’s never been a headache for me to pick a team – I really don’t have that issue. I’ve changed tack with one or two players in terms of what I think they need to do to pick their season up again.
“Most of the players have been terrific for me this season.
“But this last run hasn’t been good enough, and I have to react to that.”
Forward Yoan Gouffran said he had never seen Pardew as angry as he was after the Tottenham game.
Pardew added: “I thought it was important to remind them of the responsibilities they have.
“No matter how comfortable we are in the league, there are certain standards. I made that clear.”
There have been suggestions over the past week that a number of players are heading for summer exits.
But Pardew insists no decisions on outgoings – or incomings – have yet been made. Instead, Pardew – whose side are ninth in the table – will make a judgement on what he sees over the coming weeks and months.
“The most important thing for anybody at Newcastle is the next game,” he said.
“We need a point a game to get top 10. For me, that’s got to be minimum for us.
“The next game is the only focus I’ve got.
“I’ve not looked at another player for the summer. I’ve not thought about a player leaving in the summer.
“The only focus I’ve had is Aston Villa. When that game’s over – win, lose or draw – the focus will be on Hull (on March 2).
“When we get a win, I can maybe start look at players for the summer and the changes we need to make.
“We’ve got a big summer coming up for this football club.”