I’ve decided to start a story with my beloved Newcastle United. This will probably be difficult with the financial restraints Mike Ashley has but I want to bring glory to the TOON!
The first thing on the agenda is to remove Joe Kinnear from his position as Director of Football, it was a ridiculous idea to have him back at the club and that is something I had to straighten out immediately. This is one of quite a few changes I plan to implement at the club.
We decide that a top half finish would be a good manageable target in my first season in charge. I have 8m to spend on transfers but I intend to generate quite a bit through the sale of certain players. I secretly believe that we could challenge for Europa League qualification but I would rather under promise and over deliver that the other way around.
Tim Krul – top class keeper, I want him to fulfil his potential at this club
Rob Elliott – not a bad backup keeper, will only play if Krul is ever injured/suspended
Davide Santon – a lot of clubs are looking at him, I will sell for the right price
Mathieu Debuchy – a quality RB, will be a starter
Fabricio Coloccini – club captain and a quality CB, will be a big part of the team
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – has the ability to be a top Premier League CB, likely to be first choice alongside Colo
Steven Taylor – can play CB or RB, will be a useful squad player
Massadio Haidara – a good young prospect, I feel he is up to playing in the first team
Mike Williamson – this lad can do a job for us, again will be backup to the first team
Hatem Ben Arfa – no doubt he has quality, but doesn’t always show it, Real Madrid are interested, if the moneys right I’ll let him go
Moussa Sissoko – wil be a starter in CM, is versatile so can be used in a few different positions
Yohan Cabaye – a quality player, can run the game for us, will be a starter but I may well take the vice captaincy from him
Cheick Tiote – can be a big player for us, has to get his yellow/red card count down though
Vurnon Anita – a very versatile player, can play RB, LB, DM or CM so will be very useful to have
Gabriel Obertan – not good enough at this level for me, I will be looking to sell him on
Dan Gosling – has had bad luck with injuries since joining the club, he will get a few chances this season, it is down to him to take them
Sylvain Marveaux – can be a very good player, will be used as a squad player
Jonas Gutierrez – has been a loyal servant to the club, not sure if he is still good enough to perform at this level though
Papiss Cisse – was a revelation when he joined the club, has lost form and confidence though. Monaco are interested, another one I will sell for the right price
Shola Ameobi – a backup striker at best, if Cisse goes we will have to replace him as Shola is not up to being a starter
There are a couple of positions I feel we need to improve in the squad, the main one being we need another striker, even if Cisse does not leave. There are quite a few of our players that are attracting interest from clubs
Santon – Dortmund, Bayern, Spurs and Arsenal are interested in this lad, I decide to offer him to them for 15m, I think we would do very well to get this much for him and if he goes I think Haidara would be up to replacing him, we would also still have Anita that can play at LB
Ben Arfa – Real Madrid are interested in the Frenchman, I decide to offer him to them for 30m, this would be a huge amount to receive for Ben Arfa, I would be over the moon to get this much for him
Cisse – big spending Monaco have expressed an interest in our current number 9, I decide to offer him to them for 15m
If I can get 60m for these 3 players this will set us up very well for the season ahead, I will then be able to build a team capable of performing at the top level.
Next update I will let you know how we get on in the transfer market