The players are now back at the Benton training base for the first day of pre-season, with several being full of smiles despite our shambolic summer so far.
It has also been confirmed that U-23 trio Mo Sangare, Nathan Harker and Thomas Allan have been promoted to first-team training, with Ben Dawson and Neil Redfearn set to oversee matters at senior level now we’ve been left manager-less.
Here’s footage of the players arriving back on Tyneside today for the start of pre-season training today:
Miguel Almíron, Fabian Schär, Martin Dúbravka and Christian Atsu remain on an extended break, with them having been away on international duty over the summer.
As highlighted by NUFC.com here’s the senior squad as things stand, with Rondon, Perez, Diame, Kenedy and Barreca all gone:
Goalkeepers: Darlow, Elliot, Harker, Dubravka
Defenders: Clark, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lazaar, Manquillo, Schar, Sterry
Midfielders: Aarons, Colback, Hayden, Ki, Murphy, Ritchie, Shelvey
Strikers: Gayle, Joselu, Muto
Internationals: Almiron, Saivet, Woodman
Fitness tbc: Dummett, Lejeune, Longstaff, Yedlin.
Here’s more pictures of the players returning today, with it looking like the likes of Lazaar, Aarons and Colback will be given clean slates at senior level following Rafa’s exit: