The story of this Newcastle United summer – Action so far and important upcoming dates/landmarks
The Newcastle United squad return in three days time on Thursday to start pre-season.
Already we have seen the club announce season ticket price rises, the new home kit launched and NUFC charging more for the 2019/20 shirt more than any other PL club was charging for theirs, before then announcing that Rafa Benitez wouldn’t be staying.
In terms of positive news…
The Premier League transfer window is now on its 47th day with exactly 38 days more to go, after today.
No manager, no new signings and less than two weeks before the NUFC squad fly off to China.
Below we have listed dates of varying interest for Newcastle United fans.
This week alone we are seeing a manager depart, the squad report back for pre-season, a season ticket renewal deadline, as well as an announcement expected on more games moved for live TV coverage.
Thursday 16 May
Summer transfer window opened and domestic transfers could be made
Saturday 8 June
FIFA transfer window opened and overseas signings can now formally go through
Wednesday 12 June
Mike Ashley announces season ticket price rises of 5%, following last summer’s price rise of up to 20% for some fans
Thursday 13 June
Premier League fixtures were released
Wednesday 19 June
Newcastle United launch new home kit, the club shop charging more for new shirt than any other Premier League club is doing for their new shirt
Monday 24 June
Mike Ashley announces that there definitely won’t be a contract extension agreed with Rafa Benitez
Monday 1 July
Rafa Benitez formally leaves Newcastle United and releases personal statement explaining how Mike Ashley has forced him out of the club
Thursday 4 July
Newcastle squad return to start pre-season preparations
Thursday 4 July
Renewal deadline for season tickets
Friday 5 July (based on last year’s release dates)
Live TV matches for August and September announced
Saturday 13 July/Sunday 14 July (guesstimate)
Newcastle squad to fly off to China
Wednesday 17 July
Premier League Asia Trophy – Nanjing, China
Newcastle United v Wolves
Saturday 20 July
Premier League Asia Trophy – Shanghai, China
Newcastle United v Man City or West Ham
Tuesday 30 July
Newcastle first team friendly away at Hibernian with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Saturday 3 August
Newcastle first team friendly at St James Park against St Etienne, with a 3pm kick-off.
Tuesday 6 August (based on last year’s release dates)
Live TV matches for October and November announced
Thursday 8 August (5pm)
Premier League transfer window closes (Though most other countries remain open, meaning they can still buy players from Newcastle and other PL clubs)
Sunday 11 August
Premier League season kicks off for Newcastle with home game v Arsenal, moved for live TV coverage
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