Rafa Benitez wants to keep the majority of his squad for next season and he will only sell some of his good players – Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat are three possibilities – on two conditions.
One is that Newcastle’s high valuations of their stars are met and the second is that we can get a replacement in over the summer.
Newcastle wage bill at the end of last season was probably close to £75M and that will be reduced for next season by either selling the fringe players or getting them off the wage bill via loan deals.
But it will not be reduced much lower than around £60M – if that.
Rafa Benitez – confident and calm with his massive responsibility
It also appears that Newcastle will not be laying off any of the non-playing staff – which is good – since they were hardly responsible for an avoidable relegation last term.
So Newcastle will have (very) high costs next season and rather than get the £75M average amount we have received over the last three years from the Premier League we will get around £38M as a first parachute payment next May.
That’s while the other Premier League clubs will be getting much bigger payments – anywhere from £100M to £180M next May; it’s the first year of the new massive £5.1B three year deal for the TV rights.
So Newcastle will go all out to get promotion straight back to the Premier League, but if we cannot manage that then next summer at this time we will be cutting costs – and probably a lot.
The man who bears the most responsibility for Newcastle’s fortunes next season is manager Rafa Benitez, but by all accounts he bears that responsibility rather easily and is cool, calm and confident about what he needs to do.
Rafa is thinking big things at Newcastle – and it’s reasonable to say he is building a side to both win the Championship in the coming season and also have the squad next summer be the basis of a very good side he plans to build over the next three years.
It’s a risky business for Newcastle if we cannot get promoted at the first attempt and the first few games next season will be very important.
But we have to say that Rafa seems very confident and upbeat at Newcastle, since he finally has full control at a football club for the first time ever – something he has always craved.
And Rafa plans to be successful at Newcastle – very successful.
The first and maybe the most important first step is to get promoted in the coming season.