Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits they should have signed more players in summer
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: December 18, 2012 2:54pm
Alan Pardew: Admits Newcastle made mistakes in summer transfer window
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted the club made a mistake by not signing more players in the summer.
The Magpies worked long and hard during pre-season to attract a series of targets to Tyneside, but ultimately signed just one senior player, Dutch midfielder Vurnon Anita, as the likes of Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy and FC Twente defender Douglas stayed put despite protracted negotiations.
Answering questions posed by readers of the Evening Chronicle, Pardew admitted he, owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias, with the help of chief scout Graham Carr, should have recruited one more man to go straight into the first-team squad.
"It is a difficult window, but I think we would like to get - definitely - one player in and not lose anybody."
Pardew said: "Myself, Mike and Derek all agree we should have bought one more senior player in here. For whatever reason, it did not happen.
"We have learnt from that, and that is what comes from the luxury which is the security of the owner.
"The owner has great faith in my ability and I have to reward that with what I think when we make an error and say we have made a mistake.
"He accepts that and as a team we have to learn from it. Myself, Graham, Derek and Mike needed another player in and we did not get him.
"But it is not Graham's fault, Derek's fault or Mike's fault or mine - it is a collective thing and we have to take that all on the chin. We got that wrong."
Pardew has revealed he hopes to sign at least one player in January and does not want to lose anyone from his squad.
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"It is a difficult window, but I think we would like to get - definitely - one player in and not lose anybody," added Pardew.
"It could be we lose a player, you never know. I lost Andy Carroll in this window, and in a situation that was not too dissimilar to what I am in now two years ago - maybe it was a bit better.
"However, if that is the case, then we need two players, and if we lose two, then we need three. That will be difficult in this window.
"I cannot see two players leaving, but you can never count on that."
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