AP aware of survival significance

The Magpies entertain relegation-threatened Wolves on Saturday

sitting seven places, but only four points, ahead of Mick

McCarthy’s men and knowing they desperately need a first victory in

four league outings if they are not to be sucked into the fight for

survival. That is something last season’s Championship winners have

not had to contemplate for much of the campaign, but recent

results, and this week’s release of financial figures which showed

that relegation led to a loss of £17.1million last time

around, have served to sharpen the focus. Pardew looked on from

afar as Newcastle slipped out of the top flight at the end of the

2008-09 season, but the exodus of big-name players and some of the

club’s less well-known employees which followed left a lasting

impression on him and illustrated just why their continued presence

in the Premier League is so important. He said: “I think it

reflects that. The one thing I read from the figures is the vast

difference between revenue in the Premier League and the

Championship. “For any owner and for any club, it’s a massive,

massive impact. We lost lots of jobs in the stadium and around the

club, and you don’t want to lose any job. “I am very conscious of

that as a manager. That’s what relegation brings, people lose their

jobs, and we certainly don’t want that to happen again.” Owner Mike

Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias implemented a long-term

plan in the wake of the drop which will see the club break even if

they manage to book a second successive season in the big time, and

both Llambias and Pardew have over the last few days trumpeted the

need for stability. Ashley’s critics remain unconvinced,

particularly over his willingness to re-invest the £35million

proceeds of Andy Carroll’s sale to Liverpool in January. However,

Pardew insists the recruitment process is already under way despite

Ashley having to pump another £42million into the club in

interest-free loans. He said: “We have made that statement pretty

clear at the beginning of the week, that the investment is going in

now in terms of budgets to try to scout players and make sure we

try to cover all the angles and bring in the correct players for

Newcastle United. “It’s a massive club and we have a certain agenda

where we have got to produce results. “Our home form this year

gives an indication that we have got to improve, and that’s what we

are going to try to do.” To that end, Pardew took the opportunity

to canvas opinion on some of his potential summer targets when

former England boss Steve McClaren visited the training ground

today. The Magpies manager said: “He just came up to see what we do

and came to see me, it was just a personal call. “We will hopefully

be in the market in the summer for players Steve has come across in

his last two or three years in Europe. “There were a few I asked

him about and he was very informative. “Steve has always been very

open – when he was England manager too – to what’s going on on the

training ground at other places and giving information himself.

“He’s an open-minded coach, as I am, and it was nice to see him

here today.” Leon Best and Stephen Ireland remain doubts for the

Wolves game with ankle and thigh injuries respectively, but both

have now been disciplined, along with reserve team player Stephen

Folan, for their appearance at a city nightclub ahead of the 4-0

defeat at Stoke, in which none of the three was due to figure.

Pardew said: “They have been disciplined and it’s done.”