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Newcastle United - Where do they go now?

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Newcastle survived relegation only by the skin of their teeth, but what will become of the club now? Who will stay? Who will go? Will 2015/16 season be the same thing or will they finally pull themselves together?

Mike Ashley gave his first ever live television interview just moments before the Survival Sunday match against Sam Allardyce's West Ham side. In it he seemed as though the penny had finally dropped for him regarding his club, he seemed as though he finally knew what he needed to do - invest.

He came across very calm and rather remorseful over what has happened these past few months. When asked where the blame stops for the clubs situation, he responded simply with: "My door!"

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He really looks to have actually decided he wants to take an interest in the team he owns, but whether or not he meant any of it is a different story. 

Ashley must deliver

This was the first interview he has ever decided to take part in but I feel he may have left it too late. There have been many instances where he maybe should have come out and done an interview before, but he always kept quiet.

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Had he came out two or three years ago and said the things he said on Sunday, he may have kept some of the fans onside, he has never shown a single ounce of passion to win anything or do to anything with the club and yesterday he finally did.

If he had done that three years ago and then actually stuck to his word and done the things he promised, he might even be liked on Tyneside, and the club would be in a much better position.

They could have gone on to fully establish themselves as a top half club and been challenging for Europe every season, but instead they still find themselves on a roller-coaster ride, never knowing what the coming season will entail.

Ashley needs to start listening to the fans, first of all by getting a big name manager in and then investing some serious cash into the team. They need it. 

As far as next season goes, they will be in the Premier League, but whether or not it will be yet another season of upheaval remains to be seen.

Potential managers

After he was relieved of his duties as Derby County manager yesterday, it's a possibility that Steve McLaren will land the Toon top job, but I think they could do better, much better. McLaren would be a sideways move for the Magpies - he is yet another mediocre English manager.

Maybe the time has come to look foreign? Christophe Galtier of Saint Etienne would be a great choice. He managed to get a mediocre squad into Europe on a very limited budget and I would love to see what he could do with some money.

Then there is Slaven Bilic, a very passionate and controversial figure but he has some serious managerial skill.

Finally, we have Remy Garde, a man who has been seriously linked with the Newcastle job in recent months.

He appeared in the stand at the defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in January, before John Carver was appointed on an interim basis. He would be a well liked manager, who is passion and spirit personified!

Squad needs investment

Alongside all of this, a major squad overhaul is needed and following the conversation he had on camera yesterday, Mike Ashley would be absolutely moronic not to invest big time into that squad.

In my opinion, a striker is an obvious necessity. Two, possibly three centre backs are needed plus a winger and a creative midfielder. Alongside this, replacements for any departures have to occur.

Newcastle's biggest problem in recent years has been not replacing their biggest players when they have left. Andy Carroll was never replaced, Demba Ba was never replaced and - possibly worst of all - Yohan Cabaye was never replaced.

The Magpies did nothing but struggle after selling all of those players halfway through a season - this has to stop.

They need to stop selling the players mid-season, and if in some extreme circumstances - such as being offered £35 million for a one footed striker with injury problems occurs - then they need to be replaced. 

Newcastle are safe now, and some major redevelopment is needed at the club. Will Mike Ashley make good on his promises or is he all talk? I guess we'll just have to wait and see. 

Who do you think Newcastle will sign this summer? And who will be their manager come the beginning of next season? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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