Alan Pardew has been told that his position is safe at Newcastle United but the club’s much-maligned transfer policy was last night under increased scrutiny after a boardroom restructure.

Newcastle have appointed former secretary Lee Charnley as their new managing director, effectively replacing Joe Kinnear who departed in February, and have revealed they intend to sign “one or two players per year” to strengthen the squad.

Pardew has not made a permanent signing since January 2013 and sold Yohan Cabaye to Paris-St Germain this year, while Newcastle’s alarming finish to the season has raised concerns that the club could face another relegation battle next year.

And although Charnley appeared to suggest Pardew’s future is secure, despite a run of 10 defeats in 15 games and a seven-match suspension for butting Hull’s David Meyler, Newcastle’s transfer strategy will do little to silence accusations from supporters over a lack of ambition.

Charnley said: “Our preparations for the summer transfer window have already begun of course, and our challenge is to make sure we spend the funds we have available in a careful and considered way in order to ensure that we get the maximum benefit from every pound we invest in the squad.