Six things the new owners need to do at Newcastle United
After 14 years, the Mike Ashley era at St James’ Park is over. The new owners may come with extremely deep pockets but there is much to sort out at Newcastle - and not just on the pitch.
Replace the manager
First and foremost, the replacement of Steve Bruce in the dugout is how the new owners put their first stamp on the club. The Magpies' targets during Bruce's reign have been primarily based around avoiding relegation from the top flight, which has been achieved, but ambitions are now somewhat loftier.
At this moment in time, Newcastle are unlikely to be able to entice the likes of Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola away from their current gainful employment. More realistic possibilities include Steven Gerrard, Eddie Howe and Antonio Conte.
Sign a defender or a goalkeeper
Marseille's Duje Caleta-Car or Lille's Sven Botman, both of whom attracted interest from Liverpool last year, are options in central defence if they are willing to buy into the new direction. Between the sticks, could they convince Porto to part with Diogo Costa, or perhaps take a look at Manchester City's Gavin Bazunu, currently on loan at Portsmouth?