It will probably be announced later today that Alan Pardew is safe in his job as the Newcastle manager, and presumably that will come after the meeting with Mike Ashley and the Board, and so for the second time in 12 months Pardew narrowly escaped the sack at Newcastle and he will know he must do a better than 10th place next season.
Time called on Ben Arfa’s stay on Tyneside
But the good news – if it’s true – is that Ashley will give Pardew £60M in transfer funds to bring in new players this summer, and Newcastle want to tie up their transfer business before the World Cup begins early next month, but that could be difficult.
We had reported last week that as many as 13 players could leave this summer, but some of them were younger players – but as far as the senior players are concerned, it looks like time is up on Tyneside for Shola Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabby Obertan, Jonas Gutierrez and Dan Gosling, who may be going to Bournemouth.
On loan strikers Luuk de Jong and Loic Remy will also be leaving the club this summer, and it seems touch and go whether local lad Steven Taylor will also be leaving the club.
It’s not surprising Steven wants to stay on Tyneside, and if we were to hazard a guess, we’d say he’ll be staying at home, at least for next season.
Younger players who will leave the club this summer include James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic, Conor Newton, Shane Ferguson, Romain Amalfitano, and perhaps Mehdi Abeid and local lad Michael Richardson.
Those are a lot of players who will be leaving Newcastle this summer, and we hope there are some very good players coming through the door, which we will need to see, if we are not going to be fighting relegation next season.