With Hatem Ben Arfa having now departed that leaves another four heading for a crunch summer from a contract point of view.
Jonas Gutierrez is back on Tyneside battling for his future while Ryan Taylor, Sammy Ameobi and young goalkeeper Jak Alnwick are also facing the exit if there is no contract progress in the coming weeks. With no permanent head coach it will be up to Graham Carr and Lee Charnley, with some input from John Carver, to make decisions on players who have been in and out of the team recently.
What to do with a problem like Sammy? Enjoying his most productive season with 19 games for Newcastle but there have been consistency issues in the past and he remains a frustrating player at times.
There is no doubt he has improved. Is it worth rolling the dice and gambling that Ameobi will continue his progression?
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There is even talk that his contractual situation might prevent him from playing again for Newcastle. Could he get a fresh lease of life under a new manager? Would you take a chance on him? Sunday Sun columnist Pavel Srnicek urged Newcastle not to write off their young goalkeeper but with only a few months left on his deal, he might be struggling to revive his first team chances any time soon.
Has been injured or out-of-favour virtually since his loan spell began. Joe Joyce said on Sunday that patience is the name of the game with Academy graudates. Campbell has drifted out of things recently but there is no doubt he has talent.
Three goals in three games for Gateshead confirms he does know where the goal is. Could he experience a Paul Dummett-esque career resurrection? A loan at Rangers, where he will feature heavily in the Scottish Championship promotion race, is a final roll of the dice for a player who was once heavily fancied but has struggled to train on from early promise. The Circus is coming to Necropolis and it will be bigger and louder than ever before. Or so General Pip Rickett hopes. Paulo Puck, the previous Ring Leader, met his Judgement before the last tour finished.
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Circus Extravagansicus has never reached a successful finale. The company need to see the final curtain fall. General Pip Rickett has some very large shoes to fill and the clown who owns them has disappeared into the Necropolitan night. But before any work can get done, General Pip Rickett needs to discover what it really means to be a resident of the City by the Styx.
Necropolis is a city like no other, built into a valley on the banks of the mighty River Styx.
Generations of departed souls have set up home in the underworld while they await their final Judgement. However the process has been slowed.
Centuries have passed and the souls of mortals in the Overworld have clouded.