Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is prepared to make funds available in January for a major squad overhaul after the club’s woeful start to the season, though he will keep faith in the backroom staff.
Manager Steve McClaren is under immense criticism after the poor start to the Magpies Premier League campaign, whilst they also suffered a shock exit in the third-round of the Capital One Cup against Sheffield Wednesday.
However, the board are sympathetic with the manager due to the problems he inherited and The Telegraph states Ashley will also keep faith in other high-profile members of the backroom staff.
Managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr also find themselves surrounded with criticism after the £50m they spent on players over the summer has failed to provide an immediate impact, with the overall transfer policy being questioned.
No changes will be made there though but on the field Newcastle are prepared to shake-up their first-team squad completely, with player sales providing the majority of McClaren’s funding in January- with plenty of fresh faces needed.
The reports state Newcastle will listen to offers for Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse, Gabriel Iberian, Vernon Anita and Moussa Sissoko, whilst they will also look to get rid of Mike Williamson, Sylvain Marveaux and Yoan Gouffran.