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Newcastle fans will have been happy to have seen the season end a week ago, but they won't have been overjoyed by the news that manager Alan Pardew will be keeping his job. Magpies supporters staged protests over the direction of the team after enduring a torrid second half of the season, but assistant manager John Carver outlined the meeting with owner Mike Ashley.
"We were actually in a difficult situation, but the fact that they have come out and announced their decision is great," he said. "There was a lot of speculation towards the end of the season. We can enjoy our summer holidays and look forward to the new season and hope to build on what we achieved this year.”
"The board accepted that the second half of the season had been disappointing, but underlined its aim of improving on a 16th placefinish in 2012/13 with a top 10 finish had been realized," he added.
With such an awful end to the season, Newcastle are thoroughly expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer, and Carver admitted that one he's taken a rest, Pardew will be back to try and improve the squad.
"First it’s important Pardew has a good break because there has been a lot of pressure on us and he has had to deal with it. All of us have had to deal with it, and it’s good it’s been put to bed. Pardew will be working tirelessly as the club have already. Just because the season is over doesn’t mean that we start working now."
"We started working one or two years ago on players. All the work will have been done behind the scenes and hopefully when we start the new season we’ll have a number of new faces," concluded Carver.
One of the names continually linked with a move to Tyneside is Montpeller playmaker Remy Cabella, who is seen as the natural replacement to ex-Magpies midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who left the club for Paris Saint-Germain in January. Cabella admitted that he has spoken with international team mate Cabaye over a move to St. James' Park, but Marseille are also eyeing up a swoop.