With the way Newcastle has been managed from the top this season, it’s clear to everybody that owner Mike Ashley’s ambitions are not in building a top side (ever) at Newcastle, and players are starting to see that clearly and want out in the summer to join a proper football club – one that wants to build a good side and challenge for European competition every season would be a good definition of a proper club – they want to be good on the pitch.
Those are not Newcastle’s ambitions under Mike Ashley.
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Derby boss Steve McClaren is expected to take the position of head coach in the summer, but it’s based on two things happening – one is that Derby County don’t get promoted to the Premier League, and also that Newcastle don’t get relegated to the Championship – in other words the two clubs don’t pass each other going in different directions at the end of the season.
Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor and Sammy Ameobi will be allowed to leave the club after their contracts run out at the end of June, and Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Tim Krul and Papiss Cisse are all keen to further their careers at other clubs – real clubs.
In addition Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan and Yoan Gouffran are also expected to be sold in the summer.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini is keen again to leave the club and join his home town club Sam Lorenzo in Buenos Aries, where a deal was made two years ago, but Fabricio was not allowed to leave Newcastle at that time.
However, with just one year left on his contract Mike Ashley will be more willing to let Coloccini leave, as long as he gets something for him in the summer, rather than lose him for nothing next year.
It’s also expected that Daryl Janmaat will leave this summer, because a £10M offer will come in for him from either Southampton or Manchester United, or both clubs.
If that happens owner Mike Ashley will take the offer and make £5M on the player in just one year – in Mike Ashley’s world that’s good business, even if Janmaat has been Newcastle’s best player this season.