With the last part of the season now affecting most teams, mid-table Newcastle United appear to have just pride to play for. It's been another turbulent season, but fans of the Toon Army would be shocked if it was anything else. For some really impressive wins - Chelsea at Home, Man United Away, there have been the Tyne-Wear Derby humblings or lame performances against Fulham and Southampton. Manager Alan Pardew has overall (Despite a dislike from a lot of his teams fans) done a decent job in most neutrals views. Not even those who rate his managerial skills could defend 'Head-butt' gate - arguably what Newcastle's mid-table season will be remembered for. So what next for the team from England's North?
Obviously winning games and points for the rest of the season is the immediate aim. Realistically though, when a team is safe from Relegation and can't make Europe - fans minds wander to the next. Whilst the club have some talented players on their books, there's no doubt that investment is needed in the summer. The figure of dislike - owner Mike Ashley hasn't really backed his manager with any substantial transfers and the sale of Yohan Cabaye only lessened his popularity in Newcastle. The clubs star Forward Loic Remy will be off in the summer (when his loan expires) so that will be yet another void to be sorted. At one glance at the Magpies squad, it would seem without summer investment, next season could be a real struggle. There are some decent players there - Krul, Tiote and the underused Ben Arfa to name a few. Even youngsters Dummett and Sammy Ameobi have shown good promise. However, as has shown in football, players games can lift even more with new talent arriving.
In summary, if Mike Ashley doesn't get spending, then expect some struggles for Newcastle. With fans very much against their controversial owner already and many not keen on Pardew at the helm, expect both to be under serious pressure in the summer.