Alan Pardew planning significant changes to his St James’ Park squad this summer.
Newcastle’s hierarchy have eventually seen sense and decided to begin the process in offloading ineffectual, bad-boy striker Nile Ranger and the ever-increasing waist-line of captain Kevin Nolan.
Despite captain Nolan’s contribution this term it sees as if it hasn’t quite been enough to warrant a new contract at St James’ Park.
Although Nolan has pitched in 12 goals last season, to some fans it hasn’t been enough to impress the toon supporters who have scrutinized his work rate on the pitch.
The same goes for Ranger who has a goal tally at Newcastle that rivals Alan Smiths Prolific scoring record in a Black and White shirt.
One assist and one goal is all that Ranger has managed to conjure up this season and once again has failed to impress his manager and the fans.
The fans at St James’ are indeed passionate ones who are not afraid of telling it how it is when there players aren’t performing to the standard they expect.
To many however, the news that Pardew is willing to cut ties with his current captain would be a decision that could conjure up some sweaty brows in the dressing room, although those who have performed superbly this season can rest easy as i feel Pardew has his priorities right when it comes to freeing his squad of the dead wood pulling his team down.
Fans can only hope that Pardew has players in place to take over the roles played by the two first team members that the club are willing to part with.
So far he’s demonstrated that he has his head firmly screwed on when picking players to form his 25 man squad.
Key men like Cheik Tiote, Steven Taylor and Jose Enrique all have a monumental part to play in the side in the new season and should be assured of their place.
Adding to a squad that has the potential to create some problems for the bigger sides in the league is Pardew’s main aim this season, and is pleasing fans with his choice of top targets to do so.
To build on their 12th place finish will be nothing but a success for Geordie fans, so hopefully four or five first team players can nudge them up towards the dizzy heights of 10th position, a sight for sore eyes that toon fans haven’t experienced since 2006.
So with Newcastle seemingly in safe hands, all they can do is sit back and hope Pardew keeps his promise with the players and money he will bring into his toon squad.