Now that the season is over, Newcastle will be getting down to the business of reshaping their squad for next season.
Derek Llambias – should be announcing summer tour plane shortly
As well as getting their transfer plans together and ready for execution, Newcastle will presumably shortly announce their summer tour plans.
Alan Pardew had said there were plans to visit the US again and play against the MLS All Stars at the end of July, but those plans had been cancelled because Newcastle were not sure what their European commitments would be.
Depending on which position Newcastle finished in the league table, would decide if they would have to be involved in play-off games in August, for either the Europa League, or the much more profitable Champions League.
Newcastle finished 5th and therefore get straight into the group stages of the Europa League, so it seems any plans already made would not have been impacted by that, since we have no play-off games.
But whatever the Newcastle plans are, they should be announced very shortly, and we would expect even this week sometime.
Another thing to be arranged are the various pre-season friendlies, and we expect those plans also to be announced within the next few weeks.
And then of course there are the transfer plans, where Newcastle will bring in at least three new players and replace others – like Danny Guthrie and Danny Simpson – if they elect to leave Newcastle.
And we should also be seeing a number of top youngsters coming into the club as part of the Development squad, as up to twelve of our youngsters are leaving when their contracts expire on June 30th.
The summer break promises to be a busy one for those at Newcastle United, that’s for sure.