Alan Pardew has revealed his delight at having the supporters' trust in his transfer dealings at Newcastle this summer, after the manager proved all the critics wrong and came through to challenge for Champions League football with a group of underrated signings last season.
After losing Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique last summer, Pardew was left with a tough task in finding replacements. And after missing out on signing a striker to replace the departed Andy Carroll, and spending just £5m on a host of largely unknown newcomers, some tipped the Toon to be in the fight for relegation over the course of the season.
But Pardew's transfer dealings resulted in quite the opposite effect, with Newcastle competing on the same platform as clubs who spent far more on transfers and player wages than the north eastern side, and the Toon came to within one match of challenging to be in Europe's premier tournament as a result.
And now, Pardew insists that he knows the supporters are completely behind his vision for Newcastle, with the club now concentrating on receiving value for money and becoming a much more stable Premier League club.
"I think we have the confidence of our supporters going into this window and that's something I don't think you could have said for a long while," he told The Journal.
"That comes through the business we have done recently and of course, that will help us. That trust can be a very important thing.
"We're going to make mistakes at some point but we haven't made many.
"And I think the supporters can see that with this policy, if we sign three or four players we should have at least two who are very good ones. That is our ratio at the moment and it is a pretty good ratio."
The comments come as the club have reportedly put in a £3m bid for Bolton midfielder Mark Davies, who will no doubt be looking to remain in the Premier League after the Wanderers were relegated on the final day of the season.
According to Goal.com, even though Pardew already has the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote on board, he is looking to add as much depth as possible to the middle of the pitch in the face of a gruelling schedule of Premier League and Europa League matches next season.
"They have had their eye on him for some time now and so if all goes well then Mark will be a Newcastle player this summer," a Newcastle source told the outlet. "They are talking about £3m for a player who did well for Bolton even though they went down.
"He is a bright, skilful and hard-working player who would fit nicely into Pardew's team but it would be made clear to him that he would have to get past Cabaye and Tiote to get into the first team."
Pardew has also recently said he is in the market for a defensive player who can score goals, making this likely to be a very busy summer for the club yet again.