ALAN Pardew is determined that there’s no hangover on the field from Newcastle United’s abortive efforts in the transfer market off the pitch.
The club’s squad have started preparations for their visit to Queens Park Rangers a week today.
Pardew had to rally his players last week in the wake of a desperate transfer deadline day which saw Newcastle fail to land a No9.
The failed attempts to sign the likes of Modibo Maiga, Bryan Ruiz and Papiss Demba Cisse were a frustration to Pardew – and his players.
A United bid for Birmingham City defender Liam Ridgewell was also rebuffed.
And the statement issued by managing director Derek Llambias on Friday night did little to appease anger among fans that United are still to replace Andy Carroll eight months after his departure for Liverpool in a £35m deal.
Up to now, Pardew has kept his counsel, though he is expected to break his silence later in the week.
Before the transfer window closed, Pardew made it clear his influence only extends to recommending players to the club’s hierarchy, whose controversial transfer policy is again under intense scrutiny.
The club’s net spend in the summer transfer window is estimated at £600,000, with that outlay having been overshadowed by the sums spent elsewhere by middle-ranking Premier League teams.
“My job is to put options in front of the board who I think will take us forward,” Pardew said last month.
“Then, it’s a matter for the people who do the finance to get them here. I’m not involved it that.”
Embattled Pardew is understood to be “devastated” the club didn’t add another striker to the squad, having repeatedly assured fans of his optimism that he would get his man.
However, he knows he can’t let his irritation, and that within the squad, affect the performances on the field, which have so far been promising.
United go into the QPR game at Loftus Road looking to build on a positive start to the new Premier League season which has seen them claim seven points from three games.
And Pardew – whose other transfer business has been broadly welcomed by supporters – has already spoken with his squad about the need to look forward, whatever their personal frustrations at the events of last week.
The players were due back in training this morning.