Club Focus – Newcastle United – Keegan warns Pardew about owner Ashley

Former Newcastle player and manager Kevin Keegan has warned Alan Pardew not to expect all of the money from the transfer of Andy Carroll to be available to spend in the summer. Pardew could potentially have up to £35 million for transfers in the summer, although few people expect that entire sum to be made available; no doubt some of the fee will have already gone towards an improved deal for midfield powerhouse Cheik Tiote.

Speaking to BBC 5 Live, the Magpies hero said: “The one thing I would say is I saw an interview with Alan Pardew afterwards that he hoped to get some of that £35 million and I thought ‘Alan you aren’t going to get any of that’ but I want to see Newcastle do well.”

Keegan also admitted that the offer for Carroll was too good to turn down and in the same position he would have accepted it – one of the plus points from Carroll’s switch to Liverpool was that a large proportion of money from the transfer was paid up front rather than spread out in smaller instalments. Keegan was placed in a similar position several years ago when the club sold James Milner close to deadline day without bringing in a replacement. There is still little love lost between Keegan and Newcastle’s controversial owner Mike Ashley.

Stephen Ireland could be set to make his Newcastle debut at the weekend when his new club face Everton at home. Ireland is close to return following a knee injury that has disrupted his spell on Tyneside since joining on loan from Aston Villa. With Ryan Taylor now suspended for three games and Joey Barton a doubt ahead of Saturday’s game, there is a real shortage of bodies available to play in midfield. The return of Hatem Ben Arfa could also be delayed until next season with Pardew unwilling to rush the Frenchman’s comeback (especially if Premier league survival is already guaranteed), and Ireland could find himself thrown into action straight away on the right hand side of a midfield four. Ireland has a maximum of 10 games left to make a favourable impression on manager Alan Pardew and his coaching staff.

Danny Guthrie – another name on the injury list – has been linked with a short-term move away from St James’ Park. It is thought that promotion chasers Nottingham Forest are interested in the midfielder, although the Magpies can ill afford to lose any more players at the present time. Forest manager Billy Davies has denied making an offer to take Guthrie on loan, but admitted he would be interested in taking the player to the City Ground. The 23-year-old is currently out with a hamstring problem but appears to have fallen out of favour with Pardew, and has only made 11 appearances in a frustrating campaign.

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