January has been a see-saw month for Newcastle United and manager Alan Pardew.
First came the body blow that was leading goalscorer Demba Ba’s departure to European Champions Chelsea, then came the knock-out punch that was captain Fabricio Coloccini’s bombshell news that he wanted to quit.
All this coincided with a disastrous run of results that saw the Magpies go six games without victory and plummet toward the relegation zone.
Then, hope. Loic Remy would seem to compound Pardew’s misery by snubbing a move to St James’ Park in favour of a switch to QPR and Loftus Road, though Pardew would not go down without a fight.
In came the French Revolution at Newcastle – Mathieu Debuchy first joined from Lille, followed by Yoan Gouffran of Bordeaux. Montpellier’s Yanga-Mbiwa would become the next signing, before the capture of Massadio Haidara and Moussa Sissoko from Nancy and Toulouse respectively.
All of a sudden, Pardew had half a new team and results have started improving already, starting with the incredibly important victory over fellow strugglers Aston Villa.
But knowing all too well that Newcastle most certainly are not too big of a club to go down, as was proven in 2009, Pardew may yet have one or two more shock moves up his sleeve before the transfer window slams shut tonight.
Here are 4 moves he could yet make.
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This article was first posted on January 31, 2013