Alan Pardew’s reign as manager of Newcastle United looks set to continue amid reports that owner Mike Ashley is preparing to entrust the Toon boss with a substantial summer transfer kitty.
The former West Ham United manager had been under considerable pressure following Monday’s 3-0 defeat to Arsenal which meant that, despite a positive start to the campaign, the Magpies have now lost six on the bounce in the Premier League.
Pardew, himself, had cut something of a forlorn figure on the touchline, with the manager previously making no secret of his frustration at the lack of funds available despite key sales like Demba Ba and more recently Yohan Cabaye.
But Ashley now looks set to address these concerns, with the Chronicle reporting that the Sports Direct owner has already moved to meet with key senior players within the squad, offering assurances that there would be an influx of new players in the summer.
The report claims that Ashley had dinner with club captain Fabricio Coloccini in a bid to ease the Argentine’s concerns, following a difficult few weeks in which the defender was named among those believed to be unhappy with the direction the club was taking.
And with the Newcastle United owner maintaining a healthy and productive relationship with Pardew, the easing of any player unrest and the promise of cash in the summer could appease many of the fans previously calling for the manager to resign.
Jonjo Shelvey is among the names already being linked with a move to the Magpies, though a striker could be the main target with on-loan star Loic Remy looking increasingly likely to leave.
The Frenchman was today linked with a move abroad to Bayern Munich who are preparing to say goodbye to Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro this summer.
Remy could be the first big addition at the Allianz, with the club keen to bounce back from their humiliation at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League.