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How NUFC's 'business as usual' approach will come into play

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The approach by those at Newcastle United as the takeover saga rumbled on has always been 'business as usual.'

Indeed the club in the last month have given new deals to several of their U23s, signed goalkeeper Mark Gillespie on a free transfer and announced a new sponsorship deal with Fun88.

Quite simply, things needed to go on as if nothing was going to change despite the commitment from Mike Ashley to sell.

With the news that the takeover is now off, United's mantra of 'business as usual' will be put to the test.

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Have they been making enquiries for incoming players? Some agents suggest so - even if for others there was confusion about who they should be dealing with.

But with the season just six weeks away, the time for words is no longer sufficient. Through gritted teeth, Ashley now has to work on making sure that the club is ready for another Premier League season.

With West Brom and Leeds on their way up from the Championship - the latter having already splashed £16m on a player and linked to another of similar value - United, despite the chaos, cannot afford to wait around in what will be a bizarre and unfamiliar market due to COVID-19.

There are decisions to be made at St James' Park. The squad will need a sizeable investment this summer to ensure it can fight off relegation with three loan players, Danny Rose, Nabil Bentaleb and Valentino Lazaro returning to their clubs, the depth will take another hit unless they are replaced.

It is thought all three may have a future on Tyneside but given reported transfer fees and wages, the total spend on the trio will not be cheap for an owner who wants out.

Gillespie signed this month after plenty of delays and there is understood to be another free transfer in the offing but given Bruce's call to take the club forward - he wants a centre midfielder and striker - will there be a serious outlay of cash to do that? The likelihood is more loans to fill the gaps.

Then there is the issue of Matty Longstaff - a deal is on the table, but neither party look set to budge.

Will the North Shields lad be allowed to walk away? There is hope from head coach Steve Bruce that Longstaff can still be persuaded to stay but given his deal runs out today, that doesn't seem likely.

Then there are those with contracts that expire next summer - nine first-team players who featured in the 2019-20 campaign will need their futures sorting - Dwight Gayle and Isaac Hayden fall into that bracket.

Some of those on the list, such as Fabian Schar are subject to interest from other clubs while Jacob Murphy and Freddie Woodman who return to Tyneside from decent loan spells also need to be told of their fate.

Even if Bruce does not wish to keep the likes of Murphy or Rolando Aarons, will Ashley sanction their sale knowing a replacement will be sought?

The takeover from the Saudi backed consortium would have made these decisions all the easier. Now it comes down to a man who wanted United nothing more than as a receipt in his accounts by now.

Fans were dreaming of big names, quality players - but the reality is that is now the players, many who got them up from the Championship, who will need to be backed and cheered on from the front rooms of Tyneside.

Ashley's desire to sell is not in question but with Newcastle in need of serious investment on the pitch, his want to go cannot be allowed to as an excuse not help Bruce take the club forward in the short term.




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