With only 63 days until the Premier League kicks off again, it is worth considering where Newcastle United were 12 months ago.

Last summer Newcastle were reflecting on a dismal second half of the season just ended, low morale in the team/squad and a massive rebuilding job ahead of them.

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As things stand today, Newcastle are reflecting on a dismal second half of the season just ended, low morale in the team/squad and a massive rebuilding job ahead of them…

This close season there is a week less to play with, due to the Premier League kicking off one week earlier due to the 2016 Euros which will be held in France next summer.

Exactly a year ago today, 6 June 2014, Newcastle United’s second signing of the transfer window was revealed – Ayoze Perez.

The forward arrived from the Spanish second division to general bemusement from fans, with Jack Colback having been unveiled two days earlier.

So stepping back 12 months, Newcastle had two new signings (and a manager) with 71 days still to go until the Premier League kicked off again (though Newcastle ended up kicking off a day later live on TV v Manchester City).

The timing of Newcastle’s summer 2014 signings was:

4 June Jack Colback

6 June Ayoze Perez

1 July Siem de Jong

13 July Remy Cabella

16 July Emmanuel Riviere

17 July Daryl Janmaat

3 August Facundo Ferreyra

9 August Karl Darlow

9 August Jamaal Lascelles

Even if as expected Steve McClaren is officially confirmed as manager in the next few days, it still only leaves less than nine weeks until the Premier League kicks off and only three weeks before pre season training begins (1 July).

With United’s first match in the USA being on Tuesday 14 July, you would imagine they’d fly off no later than Saturday 11 July.

Considering what a mess last season was both on and off the pitch, it is unbelievable the lack of urgency that is apparently being shown by Mike Ashley and his minions.

Obviously we all hope that a bit like a duck floating along seemingly without a care in the world, the NUFC legs are flapping frantically under the water/behind the scenes.

Things are compounded by those on international duty such as Janmaat, Sissoko, Dummett and Krul, with the club already saying that they would be granted a later return to pre season training. With all four having matches next weekend, that only leaves two weeks before that pre season training starts, with the squad flying off to America only around ten days after that start of training for the squad (less the internationals).


The squad fly back into England only two weeks before the start of the season and a domestic friendly with Sheffield United on Sunday 26 July.

What it all adds up to for me, is that for the squad to be in any kind of a shape to face the new season, we need the much needed signings on that plane heading to America.

Otherwise we are looking at a maximum of two weeks they’ll have with their teammates and coaches to integrate properly when the squad returns from the States.

The very last thing United need is to make a similar disastrous start to the season as last time, no wins in the first seven Premier League matches leaving Newcastle struggling at the bottom, the first league win not arriving until 18 October against Leicester.

Last summer, of the club’s six ‘proper’ (Lascelles and Darlow instantly loaned back to Forest and not counting Ferreyra…) signings,  Cabella and Janmaat were unavailable due to having being involved in the World Cup but the other four signings (Colback, Perez, Riviere and de Jong) were all on that plane to New Zealand for the friendlies and team building exercise.

In the next five weeks Newcastle need to appoint their new manager/head coach, bring in a new coaching staff (hopefully) and sign a minimum of half a dozen first team players before flying off to America.

Mike Ashley proved that he can do it when in January 2013 he signed five new players due to the threat of relegation.

That threat is there once again (never went away) and we all wait to see what brave new world he has in store for us this summer…

What are your expectations? Comments welcome below.

  • Happyharrys2011

    The fat lying Parasitic kunt will do nothing as usual. When will everyone realise he hates us and is going to make us suffer as much as possible, for as long as he can. When we turned on him he wasn’t expecting it. He doesn’t come up against opposition very often, as we are all fully aware, look at all the nodding dogs he surrounds himself with. So when we pi$$ed him off he wants to get us back 10 fold. And will for as long as possible.

  • SaveNUFC

    Happyharrys2011 I have been having this feeling from long time back. The fat Piggy Bank just hate us. He is like one of those old tyrant who punishes the people more if they make their feelings known. He is not a business man he is a dictator. A good business man will know the revenues and income a champions league club gets.

  • SaveNUFC

    In Ashley’s world there is no work walled “mutual benefits”. If he knows what it means he’ll have an ambition of keeping the club in a higher position. When a club position is high then publicity of SD retail will increase thereby generating more profits. But he is just here to make us suffer.

  • wor monga

    You’re not far off the mark this time Dean…we need the right
    players and we need them in quickly…hopefully getting Charlie Austin to lead
    the line…and with at least two new central defenders, along with Lascelles…and a
    speedy right winger who can cross in place of the pacy but erratic Obertan…(Arrons
    on the left is a must, and goes without saying).

    …Asssuming Haidara, Tiote and De Jong are fit, and with Colback,
    Janmaat and Sissoko ready and willing we can look forward to the start of a new
    season again…hopefully using a ‘pass and go’ style rather than the old familiar
    kick it up and hope for the best system that Pardew favoured…Ayoze, Riviere and
    Cabella will then feel much more at home…IMO

  • DownUnderMag

    Players will still be on holiday at this point anyway, but we need to give the new recruits (assuming there are any of course) long enough to bed in to the side and that means getting the majority of the squad in place before pre-season starts, or at the worst a week or so into pre-season.  Certainly before we head off to the states.

    I think the problem with McClaren that everyone has is that it just seems like more of the same.  There’s nothing there that sends the message out of “this i sa new path, a new era and the club is moving in a new direction”.  It’s more defensive football with someone who will be content with what they are given and won’t backchat the owner or make any unrealistic demands like wanting to keep players or buy a specific position.

    I think fans are just desperate to see some sign of change, an incling that the owner wasn’t lying to us all once again on the final day of last season.