A relegation fight right from the off. Looks like we need to sell before we buy and are arguing about an extra 500k for Sels when we've just banked over more than a 100m from the PL. A smaller minded club you are unlikely to find.
This could work to Newcastle's advantage. The World Cup has an effect on the stars of the Premier League. If they've done well, then even the PL is a bit less. If they've done poorly, then the egos take a battering. I don't imagine FC will be loosening the wallet to buy the tournament's top scorer and recruitment will be inside the usual constraints. So we'll be starting with much the same. Benitez has them well drilled and they'll be fit. Could be a bonus.
Well at least there’s only one game between 22nd of September and Boxing Day that that the club should lose. Anything less than 36 points in that period will show that the club hasn’t invested the money that has been given on a plate (again).