Newcastle boss Roeder feels under pressure

Roeder told the Evening Chronicle: “It is not just the fans asking about this. Senior players in our squad like Scott Parker, Shay Given and Michael Owen will be looking carefully at which players I am going to sign.

“It is really judgement day for me. It will put me under more pressure, but I have always been careful in spending other people’s money.

“I have only bought two players in Oba Martins and Damien Duff and we went through the thought process with both of them.

“Even though Antoine Sibierski was an 11th-hour signing we made a lot of phone calls in that hour checking out his character and things like that.

“Now we have the opportunity to sign more players in January and I can tell our fans we are looking for quality and not quantity.

“There are plenty of players out there whom we could sign but who would not improve our team and with whom we would then find ourselves lumbered.

“So I will not be buying players who will drag us down but players who will help us move forward.”