ALAN Pardew’s hopeful he’ll be backed in next month’s transfer window – so Newcastle United can progress at home and abroad.
Pardew’s under-strength side – filled with youngsters – were beaten 2-0 by Bordeaux in the club’s final Europa League group game last night.
The competition resumes in February, by which time Pardew – who has been beset by injuries this season – hopes to have a stronger squad.
“The next time it comes around is a long time away – a lot can change between now and then,” Pardew admitted to the Gazette.
“I’m just hoping that, fingers-crossed, when we come out of the other side of the window, we have got a stronger squad.”
An inexperienced Newcastle side were well beaten at the Stade Chaban-Delmas, with Cheick Diabate scoring a goal in each half for Francis Gillot’s side.
Both teams had already qualified in the previous round of group stage games.
While frustrated at the performance, Pardew was just relieved that the Europa League can be put to bed for two months. “We wanted to qualify – that was the first agenda in this competition,” added Pardew.
“We did that with a game to spare. I think it would have been difficult coming here if we both hadn’t qualified, and they played their best team on that pitch.
“It would have been difficult for us because they have got some very good players.
“But the bottom line is we have qualified, and we can look forward to February.”