We should be hearing fairly soon of the actual players who have been told their futures are elsewhere and not at Newcastle next season, and two players, Shola Ameobi and Dan Gosling will leave when their contracts expire this summer – and that’s also true for Newcastle-born 22 year-old Conor Newton.
Shola Ameobi - played his last game for Newcastle at Liverpool on Saturday
Other players like Hatem Ben Arfa, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Jonas Gutierrez, Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic and Romain Amalfitano are also very likely to be some of the other players with no futures at the Tyneside club.
This is what Alan has said in the Shields Gazette this morning:
“I think there are some players here that need new clubs,” “I’ll be advising them that it might be better to move on.”
The departure of those players will allow the club to start with a clean slate and also reduce the wage bill, and allow some new better players to be brought into the club in the summer, and we are hoping for a first signing by Newcastle fairly quickly.
It’s only four weeks before the World Cup in Brazil kicks off, and Newcastle have indicated they want to get all of the transfer business tied up before then- or at least the major part of it.
To do that Newcastle and Lee Charnley will have to have done a good deal of the transfer preparations already, but once Lee was appointed in April, he was given the task of driving Newcastle’s transfer business this summer, and presumably got to work immediately.
If Lee can get the job done this summer, it will be a welcome and positive change from the hapless recent saga of Joe Kinnear, who was singularly unsuccessful in his short reign as the Newcastle Director of Football.
What a calamitous appointment that turned out to be by owner Mike Ashley.
What happens in the next three months is paramount to the short-term future and success of Newcastle United, which is what we all want to see.