The Journal understands the Magpies had intended to make a flying start to a summer in which they intended to make wholesale recruitment but that those plans have been mothballed until the club know their fate for the new season.
NUFC are yet to follow up initial discussions with St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – understandable given their precarious Premier League position.
The club also have an interest in Aston Villa’s Andreas Weimann and have been scouting in Holland and Belgium for new recruits, but planned transfer summits seem to have been put back until the end of the season.
The club are already planning a major strategic review of the campaign in June which will take in every aspect of the club.
Strengthening the coaching team is one avenue being explored by Alan Pardew, who wants to see more Premier League experience in the squad next season.
At the moment the club have circled the wagons in an attempt to focus on the job in hand.
The club will hardly welcome comments from former winger David Ginola, however, who said the club’s French players might not be concerned about relegation because they could simply leave in the summer.
David Ginola: “You have to have the right sort of players for that task and I’m not sure that the players are concerned about it.
“The players are thinking, ‘Well, if the club is relegated, then we will leave in the summer’.
“Hopefully they are going to find something to help save the club because Newcastle United and the fans need to stay in the Premier League.
“I hope they are impressing that importance on to them.”
Source: Newcastle United Mad