With Newcastle doing so very well this season in the Premier League, the club seems to be returning rather quickly to the big time.
Derek Llambias on Tyneside yesterday
And it’s all something that Newcastle fans wouldn’t have even dreamed of last summer, but we have a much better squad than we thought, with a number of our players coming through big time this season.
Managing Director Derek Llambias was on Tyneside yesterday, and the views surrounding him and owner Mike Ashley may have changed just a little bit this season, as their long term plan for Newcastle seems to be bearing fruit.
With the Europa league almost a certainty for Newcastle next season, and a decent chance to get into the Champions League – if the lads can keep up their good form for the last five games of the season – it seems that the club are having a rethink about what to do this summer.
Newcastle were only going to bring in a couple of top players in the summer, but they are now looking to increase that number to five top players, to strengthen the side both in skill and size for next season.
And as we mentioned a day or so ago, the plans for a summer tour will be on hold until the club knows which European competition they are in next season, and when the first game is.
Newcastle’s great season has even come as a shock to the Newcastle hierarchy, who never expected to qualify for Europe this season, and a big rethink is needed and apparently underway, as the lads could even be in the lucrative Champions League next season.
Qualifying for Europe is one way of increasing that revenue which was around £88M in the last financial year but under Freddy Shepherd was close to £100, so Newcastle will definitely become a richer club in Europe next season.
But it’s unlikely that the transfer moves will change much, and Newcastle will continue to try to do some bargains in the transfer market.
However, we may see more of a Papiss Cisse type of signing this summer, where an already very good player can be brought in for a reasonable fee.
We may see about three of those players come in over the summer months, which promises to be one of the most exciting for Newcastle fans, since Bobby Robson was managing the club in the Champions League.
Things are certainly looking up at Newcastle these days.
Howay The Lads!!