Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted that his side is not as strong as it was when he took over last year.
Since Pardew replaced Chris Hughton as boss last winter, the club have lost Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique, and the 50-year-old admits they have to be replaced.
“We’re trying to make sure this club is stronger than it was last year,” said Pardew, according to The Mirror.
“As it stands, when we started the season, I’d say we’re not [in that] position yet. But hopefully we will be."
The Magpies are currently searching for a left-back, with former England international Wayne Bridge mooted as a possible transfer target, and Pardew has admitted to searching for more funds from club owner Mike Ashley.
“I don’t think I need to nudge Mike any more – I’ve nudged him enough,” he added.
Pardew has brought in the likes of Gabriel Obertan, Demba Ba, and Yohan Cabaye this summer.