The hard work starts now for Mr Lee Charnley.
The easy task of replacing John the Geordie Carver and his merry men/man is nearly complete, with Steve McClaren in and his coaching team hopefully soon to follow.
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The pressure now shifts back over to Lee Charnley in a transfer window where he must act quickly and efficiently to create a squad capable of finishing in the club’s suggested top 8 position and the small matter of winning a cup.
The squad is the weakest it has ever been in the Premier League era and even if the club brings In the suggested 6 players, that for me isn’t enough.
As it stands, the strongest available 11 in my opinion is (4-2-3-1)
Starting: Krul, Janmaat, Colo, Taylor, Dummett, Tiote, Colback, Aarons, De Jong, Sissoko, Cisse,
Subs: Darlow, Haidara, Cabella, Abeid, Perez, Lascelles, Armstrong.
Micah Richards was available on a free but has gone to Aston Villa.
Ings was available on a free but has gone to Liverpool.
Milner was available on a free but again, has gone to Liverpool,.
Ayew was available on a free but has gone to Swansea.
These are the types of player that would improve not just our squad, but our starting 11, and in case you missed it they were all available without a fee need paying to the club (Liverpool will pay compensation for Ings I know but you get the idea).
We need a LB, 2 CB, Holding Midfielder, RW, Attacking midfielder and 2 strikers as a bare minimum.
The likes of Obertan, Gouffran, Elliot, Williamson, Ameobi, Riviere need to be sold ASAP and replaced with proven Premier League quality players.
Charnley needs to prove he is up to the task of a major overhaul of the squad with around 6-7 need shifting and at least 10 players brought in to make the squad capable of the new club targets.
He needs to be able to negotiate a deal quickly rather than drag out deals over the space of a week, which brings out interest from other clubs and we end up missing out on target after target because the club keeps trying to pay Sports Direct prices for Harrods products.
Season ticket renewals are massively down and until the club start to back up its promises then nothing will change, the more deadlines it sets itself with nothing happening (McClaren I’ll have my backroom team in Monday”) then the more we as fans will start to think here we go again.
Start communicating properly and effectively as promised and we may start to believe again.
Lee Charnley, the eyes of the Geordie Nation are firmly fixed on you to deliver the promises made by Mike Ashley.. .
Are you up to the challenge??