Pardew confident of summer spending
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew remains convinced he will be given the bulk of the £35million the club raked in when they sold Andy Carroll to strengthen his squad.
The manager was devastated to lose a player who had made a major impact in the Barclays Premier League but comforted by the belief that he would get the proceeds this summer provided he could keep the club in the top flight.
Owner Mike Ashley's critics remain unconvinced but Pardew insists he is expecting to be able to spend significantly, and told a BBC Radio Newcastle phone-in, Pardew said: "I'm as sure as I can be that we will. We are in plans and negotiations with a couple of players out of contract in the summer."
He addded: "I understand the frustration with what's gone in the past. If I was a fan here would I be jumping up and down about Mike Ashley? Probably not.
"But he doesn't want to put his investment into this club to come here and lose games and be abused.
"I know Mike Ashley this well - there's no point him paying for me and my staff to fly around Europe if he had no interest in buying players. Some of the expense is phenomenal.
"I genuinely feel he wants to say, 'I got it right here'. Hopefully he's going to prove that."