It´s still possible for Newcastle to stay up so this is all based on Sunderland being able to get two points in the final two games and then they will be safe and Newcastle and Norwich City will accompany Aston Villa into the Championship.
For Newcastle it will be the second time in seven years we´ve been relegated, but the difference between the Championship and the Premier League now is simply enormous in terms of money, with Premier League clubs next season receiving from £100M to £180M each May for the next three years.
That´s up from the current three year deal of £60M to £100M – a huge increase and it looks like Newcastle will miss out at least on the first year of the new deal.
Gini Wijnaldum – will move to a big Premier League club
First thing Newcastle will need to do if we go down is to reduce the wage bill and top wage earners like Fabricio Coloccini, Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat, Moussa Sissoko, Florian Thauvin and Siem de Jong will almost definitely leave the club.
Other ones who are likely to leave us are Andros Townsend – who is said to have a release clause in his contract of just £8M.
Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote may also want to finally move and play in the Chinese Super League and get a big pay-day at the end of their respective careers.
Jonjo Shelvey is now Newcastle´s highest wage earner at £80K/week and it remains to be seen whether he gets his wish and stays on Tyneside.
Rafa Benitez has shown that players like Lascelles, Mbemba, Anita, Dummett, Colback, Tiote and Cisse can play well in the Premier League and he has dropped some of the big name signings like Mitrovic, Shelvey and Wijnaldum.
Two of the players signed in January – Seydou Doumbia and Henri Saivet – cannot even make the bench at Newcastle and of course Florian Thauvin is back on loan playing at Marseille, having failed miserably on Tyneside in the first half of the season.
Newcastle should be able to get quite a bit of money from those players being sold and that will certainly reduce the wage bill significantly.
Then we will have to buy wisely in the summer to replace them – something we haven´t done for years.
There are lots of negatives about being relegated, as we found out seven years ago – and losing your best players is one of them.
This has been yet another nightmare season for Newcastle fans.