The revolving door is still…revolving at St James Park, with Grant Hanley and Gini Wijnaldum the latest to swap clubs.

At the end of every season you always want your club to bring in players better than you already have, whilst at the same time shedding the weakest in the herd.

Attempting to do this at the same time when dropping a division does provide some extra challenges.

Obertan and Marveaux were given their marching orders ahead of the contracts ending, two long-time little use occupants proving expensive five year mistakes – amongst the many given overlong contracts whilst also falling short of the quality needed.

The cases of Townsend, Wijnaldum and Sissoko are a little more complicated, varying amounts of talent but all having no desire to stick around on relegation.

Rafa’s recruitment has brought in a combination of four Championship experienced buys, alongside two who have tasted life in the Champions League.

The Newcastle Manager proving that age, nationality and experience are not set in stone when he brings in the players he believes will be capable of doing the job needed.

There hasn’t been a ball kicked in anger or any points won or lost – but Newcastle fans have been heartened by the fact that all the signings have been brought in to do a job now, rather than what they might offer (be worth) in two or three years time.

Only 13 days to go and Newcastle fans are looking forward to it more than any other for a good few years, quite bizarre.

Confirmation this week that a capacity crowd is expected at Craven Cottage on the opening day/night of the  Championship, which will include some 5,000 Newcastle fans.

Friday night, in London, live on TV – only at Newcastle.

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