Newcastle United 2011/12 Preview: Ins, Outs, Transfer Targets and Predictions

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Last Season

The soap opera that is Newcastle United continues to roll on regardless of the team’s fortunes on the pitch.

Chris Hughton had orchestrated the club’s return to the Premier League at the first time of asking (as Championship champions as well) and got the team off to a great start in the top flight.

Famous wins against Arsenal at the Emirates, a 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa and a 5-1 humiliation of local rivals Sunderland had made the Toon Army very happy.

But in December owner Mike Ashley sacked Hughton and replaced him with Alan Pardew much to many observers dismay.

Pardew got off to a great start beating Liverpool 3-1, but was embarrassed by League Two Stevenage in the FA Cup.

Then on the final day of the winter transfer window Ashley accepted a £35million offer for striker Andy Carroll.

This left Pardew with no time to replace their talismanic hit-man but Pardew was promised the funds to spend in the summer.

Newcastle managed a respectable 12th place finish in the Premier League and fans were excited about a busy summer with at least the Carroll transfer fund to spend.

But excitement turned to dismay when it was announced captain Kevin Nolan was to be sold to West Ham United.

Senior players voiced their disapproval and anger was once again rising towards the Newcastle board.

The Magpies have had to struggle to keep hold of their stars with Jose Enrique, Joey Barton and Jonas Gutierrez all rumoured to be nearing an exit door.

But (some) money has been spent on new arrivals but the Geordies are still waiting for the Carroll replacement to arrive

Pardew will still be a busy man right up to the August 31 deadline.

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