ALAN Pardew has admitted Newcastle United’s fans have every right to feel let down by the club’s failure to sign a No9.
Pardew yesterday faced the media for the first time since the transfer window closed.
With the club’s hierarchy still refusing to meet the Press, the 50-year-old was left to explain Newcastle’s failure to sign a striker in time for last Wednesday’s deadline.
And Pardew – whose team return to action at Queens Park Rangers on Monday night – insisted he is as frustrated as any supporter that Andy Carroll’s replacement is yet to arrive – eight months after his departure.
Owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias have borne the brunt of the fans’ anger over the past eight days.
But Pardew also came under fire in the wake of a deadline day which saw an abortive late bid made for FC Twente’s Bryan Ruiz, who instead joined Fulham.
Other targets included Sochaux’s Modibo Maiga and Freiburg’s Papiss Demba Cisse.
“The people who feel let down are the fans,” Pardew told SportMail.
“They pay their money, and they feel what they are being promised is not being fulfilled.
“It’s frustrating because I’m the one at the coalface. The fans asked me every time I left the training ground ‘have we signed a striker, or when will we sign a striker’.
“I made it very, very clear we were trying, but, unfortunately, the financial side of it just didn’t come through.
“I think from that point of view, all I can say is that Derek will be giving some financial news.
“The money that we got from Andy is going back into the club, but obviously a big chunk of it hasn’t being spent yet.
“For me, I’m disappointed, and I can’t say how disappointed I was. I made that very, very clear and I made that clear to all and sundry.
“By the same token, I get my staff and players motivated to carry on what we have been doing without the striker, which hasn’t been bad.”
The club’s summer transfer business also saw experienced campaigners Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique all leave St James’s Park.
Pardew didn’t want the trio to leave, and he’s admitted their departures have left his playing staff short of Premier League experience.
However, he’s confident incoming places like midfielder Yohan Cabaye and defender Davide Santon have added something to a squad which he felt lacked pace and youth last season.
“It would have been superb if we’d got the No9 jersey filled,” he added.
“We’ve made a good start, got a good squad, the bench is certainly stronger, and we have some good pace in the team which we lacked last year.
“We’re missing some experience, and that will tell as we go down the road.
“But I’m hoping it is more than made up for in the way we use the energy and that we can change the game.”