Few Newcastle fans have enjoyed the past month in their club’s history. Nor indeed did they enjoy much of the 2012/2013 campaign, barring their exploits in the Europa League. A disappointing season culminated in a scrap to remain in the Premier League, which engulfed the Tyneside club for months.
This has been followed recently with Joe Kinnear’s appointment as director of football at Newcastle. In his brief spell, he has already humiliated and angered the majority of the Magpies faithful, as well as some squad players themselves.
The world of fantasy however, does give the fans the chance to rectify the past season, and forget about the turmoil by slipping out of reality and settling down into life on Football Manager 2013. With the ability to rewind to the start of the 2012/2013 season, where Newcastle had just finished the league in a respectable 5th place, supporters can attempt to chase down continental qualification, and indeed try and win the Europa League.
Mike Ashley provides a meagre budget of £7,500,000, making signing five Premier League worth players impossible. Instead below are five players who you could consider splashing out on to bulk up a squad to chase European action.