The Chronicle have put out a report which basically details what to expect when the players report back to training this coming Thursday.
While it is expected that U23s Head Coach Neil Redfearn will be appointed as the caretaker manager, the Chronicle point out that nothing has been determined as of yet. Which is to be expected as Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley never seem to have a plan for the chaos their reckless actions spawn.
All players will return to the first team and undergo fitness and medical testing on Thursday and Friday with training expected to start the following week.
This is also what the Chronicle is reporting on returning loan players who were frozen out of the first team.
United are also believed to have asked senior players such as Dwight Gayle, Achraf Lazaar, Jack Colback, Henri Saivet (After the African Cup of Nations) and Rolando Aarons to report to the first team HQ rather than the Academy where some of them had previously been training when not on loan.
For now, those players will have a clean slate as a new manager may want to give them another chance.
We don’t see much of a future for any of these players as they are generally not up to par with the first team regulars at the club. It will be interesting to see how they get on in training as they will be determined to prove their worth to whoever the new manager will be.
Neil Redfearn– the new face of Newcastle United?
The disaster scenario that is looming and looking very plausible is that Charnley will be incapable of hiring a manager even before the first preseason game against Wolves on July 17th. This will severely hamper the ability to bring new players in.
With the likelihood that some of our first team stars will be clamoring for the exit, we could see a depleted squad to start the season with players like Colback and Gayle in the starting eleven.
There is expected to be bids incoming for Sean Longstaff and Ayoze Perez in the coming weeks. There will certainly be others as teams may look to further unsettle Newcastle players looking for a bargain deal.
With Lee Charnley running the transfers, we just have no faith in him to get the job done at an adequate level. If the search for a new manager drags on, can Lee Charnley possibly also work on getting transfers done at the same time? We just don’t think he has it in him.
While this is the doomsday scenario, so was having no Rafa and being stuck with Mike Ashley this coming season. This is looking to be almost dead certain at the moment.
We would not expect Newcastle to sink even further and enter a season without some healthy transfer activity as Mike Ashley will not want to risk relegation. The next few weeks are going to be telling and we have to hope we have someone other than Neil Redfearn will take charge against Wolves on July 17th.
Then they can work for the next three weeks in sorting out the incoming transfers with input from the new manager. Though, we just know this is not going to go smoothly.
This is the preseason schedule for Newcastle as arranged by the great Rafa Benitez:
Wednesday, 17th July – Wolverhampton Wanderers (Premier League Asia Trophy, Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, 6pm kick-off [local time])
Saturday, 20th July – Manchester City/West Ham United (Premier League Asia Trophy, Hongkou Stadium, kick-off tbc)
Tuesday, 30th July – Hibernian (Easter Road, 7.45pm kick-off)
Saturday, 3rd August – AS Saint-Étienne (St. James’ Park, 3pm kick-off)
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