If Newcastle do go down next month we will have some of our better players wanting to leave – those players who didn´t help us too much when the going got tough.
Three who will leave will be Gini Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko and Daryl Janmaat, they will think themselves far too good for the Championship.
But we would hope to keep most of our other players including good young players like Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey – all new arrivals this season.
Gini Wijnaldum – will leave this summer
Both Gini and Moussa haven’t exactly looked good for us when we have been fighting against relegation over the last three months or so – and they both have been disappointing.
But there will also be a clear-out of fringe players whether we stay up or go down and those will include players whose contracts will not be renewed like Sylvain Marveaux, Gabby Obertan, Steven Taylor, Haris Vuckic and Sammy Ameobi.
Other players who will leave will include Yoan Gouffran to clear the decks and reduce the wage bill.
If we go down we would hope for decisive action from Newcastle to prepare us to come straight back up – but that will not happen.
We should appoint a new manager quickly but that will not happen because there will remain a vacuum of leadership at the club – one good reason we will be relegated in the first place.
I´m dreaming again and what happened seven years ago is that Alan Shearer´s contract ran out in May and a couple of days before the players returned for pre-season training there was an announcement that Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood would take the training.
That´s because they were the only two coaches left to do that.
They were finally a[appointed permanently as manager and assistant manager in late October of 2009.
We cannot have that uncertainty this summer, but the odds are we will – as the people at the top will dither around as they normally do.