How will Newcastle line-up next season after mass summer exodus?
Brief highs curtailed by prolonged lows have brought Newcastle’s relationship with their downtrodden fans to breaking point.
Calls for a change at board level, where owner Mike Ashley is the target of unwavering anger, look unlikely to be listened to, with reports emerging that a far-reaching clear out of the playing staff will instead be the course of action by the club this summer.
With the Geordies at greater risk of relegation than their 14/1 odds for the drop state thanks to seven straight losses, it could be that such a firesale is needed if the north east outfit wind up in the Championship next term.
Should they survive though, the strategy becomes a little more curious, as no first teamer seems safe from the chop.
14 players will be ushered through the exit door this summer, begging the question: how on earth will Newcastle’s starting XI look on the opening day of next season?
The below graphic deals with that problem by detailing which squad members are on the way out, who the club are linked with bringing in and offering a possible starting lineup for the opening day of the 2015/16 season:
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