There needs to be a massive clear-out this summer of players who are simply not good enough for Newcastle.
Whoever the manager is should decide which players are brought into the club and which ones of the current batch he wants to keep.
As strange as it may seem we may have the basis of a decent side after Rafa has brought the best out of some fringe players like Lascelles, Anita and Dummett and it just shows you what a top class manager can do with the players he has.
Gini Wijnaldum – will leave this summer
Newcastle have already released Gabby Obertan (69 appearances) and Sylvain Marveaux (57 appearances), who were at the club earning good money for a full five years yet played a comparatively few number of games for the club.
The long agreed to transfer of Remy Cabella to Marseille will also happen on July 1st and it’s for €8M (£6.3M).
In fact Newcastle finances will be fairly good and the club will need to reduce the wage bill by definitely offloading the following players
Steven Taylor – out of contract
Sammy Ameobi – out of contract
Haris Vuckic – out of contract
Manu Riviere – £3M
Yoan Gouffran – £1M
Seydou Doumbia – end of loan spell
Fabricio Coloccini -£2M
Assuming we are relegated, which seems almost certain now – these big wage earners will be sold for hopefully the estimated fees shown – maybe more:
Georginio Wijnaldum – £15M
Moussa Sissoko – £10M
Florian Thauvin – £10M
Andros Townsend – £8M – release clause
Papiss Cisse – £3M
Daryl Janmaat – £8M
If those players can all be moved out, then we will have allowed 16 players to leave including Obertan, Marveaux and Cabella – and the wage bill will be cut significantly.
The amount we could take in with those very rough estimates of transfer fees would be around £66M.
Other players who could also be sold include Cheick Tiote (£5M) and Tim Krul (£10M)
So Newcastle should be able to generate some cash in the summer with selling some top players and then the task would be to fortify the squad – but in the right positions.
We have to strengthen the defense this summer and get in a proven and reliable striker – and if he we had done that last summer we wouldn’t be in the position we are in now.
And Graham Carr must not be allowed to choose the players coming in, if he is still at the club.
Which players leave will depend on who the manager is, but we believe players like Wijnaldum, Janmaat, Sissoko, Thauvin and Townsend will want to get out of Toon and not want to play in the English second division.
If Rafa leaves us as seems expected, it will be interesting to see just how long Newcastle take to appoint a new manager.
Those running the club have never been known for their competence or speed in doing anything and they will likely dither around for weeks and weeks.