Magpies need success – Pardew

The 49-year-old was back behind his desk on Monday determined to

convince Spanish full-back Enrique his future lies at St James’

Park, resolve midfielder Barton’s contractual situation and blend

new acquisitions Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux into a

squad he firmly believes can kick on from last season’s encouraging

campaign. Pardew also remains in the market for two more signings

with a proven striker the main priority, but he knows, with tight

financial restrictions in place, gradual progression is the way

forward. He told BBC Radio Newcastle: “As it stands financially at

the moment, we can’t compete with those top teams in terms of

trading players. “But of course we can compete on the football

pitch, so what we have tried to do is bring in players that we feel

have an improvement in them and a desire to play for Newcastle, and

that’s why we targeted the players that we have. “Now the most

important thing to keep those players is to put success in front of

them. “When you are building a new side, it needs to have

progression, and that’s something we are going to need this season,

we are going to need to see a progression in our form, in our

consistency and get as close as we can to those top teams. “If we

see that, I think we an keep them another year, and then when we go

into that second or third year, then you really, really need to be

very, very close because then they are going to start looking, as

Jose is now, for those trophies, and I think we can do that. “The

likes of [Cheick] Tiote, Cabaye and people like that, we are going

to have to have success on the pitch to keep them, 100%.” Enrique

is a case in point with the 25-year-old due to return for

pre-season training having yet to respond to the offer of a new

contract with a host of potential suitors waiting in the wings.

Pardew admitted he feared at one point that he might not see the

full-back this week, and he remains hopeful all is not lost. He

said: “No-one is more keen for him to stay than myself. He was a

terrific player for us last year and he has been terrific for the

club. “We are trying to persuade him to stay, but with a year

running on his contract and his desire to play Champions League

football at his age, it’s going to be difficult to keep him. “It’s

one of those situations where we just have to keep watching and

hoping that it falls our way. “It would be foolish for us not to

have a back-up plan – which we have – that will kick into operation

if Jose does leave.” Barton has repeatedly signalled his intention

to see out the remaining 12 months of his current contract after

being told he will not be offered a new one, but Pardew is also

keeping his fingers crossed that a solution can be found. He said:

“A year is a long time in football. Speaking to Joey over the

summer, I think me and him have got a good relationship and if I

can keep him where he was last year for another year, at the end of

season, who’s to say we can’t agree a contract? “My situation with

Joey is to try to get the best out of him, and what Joey wants is

success. “Joey needs to see that success on the pitch and if we can

give that to him, I think he could stay.” Pardew, who also revealed

he agreed to the sale of skipper Kevin Nolan to West Ham because he

did not think he would remain a first-team player for the length of

the five-year contract he wanted, declined to comment on

speculation linking him with Paris St Germain striker Mevlut

Erding. However, asked if one of the two remaining signings he is

targeting is a striker, he replied: “Yes.”