Yes, we know there’s still a chance we can avoid relegation, although it’s a slim chance it is still very possible.
And we hope that Rafa Benitez – that workaholic who seems to be working every single day to perform that particular miracle – can do it, if anybody can.
But given the very likely scenario this season that we will be relegated, then who do we have who can help us get promoted straight back to the Premier League?
Four players we signed this season will be excellent players we can use next season – Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – should be able to score lots of goals next season
Hopefully Henri Saivet can come into the side too, and we think he’s not playing at the moment simply because Rafa is using the more experienced players who have played in the Premier League before.
The players who will want to go will be at least Daryl Janmaat, Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko and they should be sold and the money used to bring in new players who can help us ibn the Championship next season.
We will already be getting about £6M for Remy Cabella who will join Marseille.
Lots of players will leave – Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabby Obertan, Emmanuel Riviere, Yoan Gouffran, Haris Vuckic and Sammy Ameobi at least – and we’re undecided as to whether we should keep Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote or let them go – what do you think?
As far as new players coming in – we will have striker Adam Armstrong back playing just one division above where he has been outstanding for Coventry City this season, so Adam can play a part – maybe alongside Mitrovic.
As for new players coming in we must bring in two full backs and a center-back – no ifs or buts about that – we didn’t do that over the last few seasons which is why our defense has been our big weakness and has basically been one of the big reasons for this relegation.
We need to change things and get Newcastle to become a good defensive side which we haven’t been for the last four seasons.
Hopefully Tim Krul will be fit and with Karl Darlow will be fighting for the number one slot in August until Rob Elliot comes back maybe in the October – November time frame.
So it looks like defenders are what we need and we should be fairly reasonable in other parts of the field – with one or two additions – but we cannot see Florian Thauvin being much use to us in the Championship.
Graham Carr should be told to scout for players we can sign if we are relegated.
And the main thing we need to do is to appoint a new manager very early in the summer – maybe David Moyes or somebody of that caliber – none of this head coach nonsense – a real manager – before any players come in.
The new manager must have final say on all transfers – just like Rafa was promised.
We can no longer allow Graham Carr to bring in his favorite players while ignoring what the team really needs – it doesn’t work.
And we probably shouldn’t bother with any fancy tours in the summer – just arrange a few friendlies against a number of good sides – and let the new manager work extensively with the squad before the first game of the season.
If we can do that this summer we should have a decent chance of coming straight back up to the Premier League.
One season down below will not be too harmful for the club, but more than that will be.
What do you think?