Newcastle United are expected to release an official statement later today confirming that Alan Pardew’s foreseeable future at the club is not in danger. The 52-year-old has been under pressure after Newcastle lost 15 out of 21 games in 2014 and slipped to 10th in the Premier League, despite being only three points behind Liverpool at Christmas. But owner Mike Ashley is set to back his chosen man again and hand him a massive transfer budget to overhaul his squad ahead of the new season. The target for the Magpies at the beginning of the season was to finish the campaign in the top ten, something Pardew achieved by the skin of his teeth. Technically, the Toon boss met his target, meaning Ashley had no real reason to sack him, despite the alarming slide in form since the Christmas period. Pardew’s stock was also helped by the fact that he has never complained at how the club has been run in his time at Newcastle, keeping his relationship with Ashley as healthy as possible. Much of the blame of this season was also put down to the lack of permanent signings, something former Director of Football Joe Kinnear was responsible for. With Kinnear now thankfully gone, club secretary Lee Charnley is the man involved with transfers and the club expects to start strengthening sooner rather than later. Reports hint at the Magpies signing the first of a number of new players in the next few days. Rumours surrounding new players are already doing the rounds, with Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph heavily linked with a move to the North-East. Plenty of transfer activity is expected within the next couple of months at St James’ Park and the statement today will confirm that Pardew will be the man in charge of the new recruits come next season.