Pardew looking to add character to Newcastle squad

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said his squad needs more big personalities if they are to avoid a battle to retain their Premier League status, Sky Sports has reported.

The Magpies are currently in the bottom three, picking up four points from seven games, with only Burnley and Queens Park Rangers below them. The newly-promoted pair are underneath Newcastle on goal difference with Pardew’s side yet to win a game, picking up all their points in draws.

“Our policy here has been the same since I’ve been at the club – we have bought players we think have good market value and that means mainly the younger players,” Pardew said. “I’ve had to deal with younger players and some have been massively successful and some haven’t. At the moment we are not having as much success as we’ve had.

“I didn’t think we were strong enough in the last part of the season and that’s been held against me that I’ve been making excuses, but I just felt that we needed more and we didn’t have it after the loss of (Yohan) Cabaye,” he continued.

“This club needs big players because we are a big scalp for any team. Forget where we are in the league. We need big players and our big players need to stand up. We also need to create more big players and that’s what we are trying to do.”

Pardew has come under pressure from discontented Newcastle supporters because of the club’s form, with repeated calls for a change on the bench. He has been on Tyneside since 2010, having previously managed Southampton, Charlton, West Ham and Reading.

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