Survival the priority for Pardew

01 April 2011 02:00
Alan Pardew is excited by Newcastle's summer recruitment plans - but will put them on ice until their Barclays Premier League status is assured. The Magpies boss has instructed his scouting team to scour the world for new talent as he attempts to build a squad capable of establishing the club in the upper reaches of the division. However, he knows he must first ensure they remain in the top flight by making a strong final push, starting with the visit of Wolves to St James' Park. Pardew said: "That focus is something that excites me, but it is very much secondary in my mind at the minute because the job in hand is to make sure that we are a Premier League side. "The way the league is congested and how tight it is - 36 points at this time with eight games to go, we should have a fair bit of breathing space, but we haven't, of course, because the team at the top of the relegation area has 32. "It's a period when you have to concentrate and give everything in every game, and as long as I am manager, that's what we will do."

Source: PA