Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Boys Are Back in Town.But Missing Pieces Real Concern; NEWCASTLE MUST GET MOVING IN TRANSFER MARKET

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Boys Are Back in Town.But Missing Pieces Real Concern; NEWCASTLE MUST GET MOVING IN TRANSFER MARKET

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Byline: LEE RYDER Chief Newcastle writer lee.ryder@reachplc.com @lee_ryder

NEWCASTLE United say that their managerial search remains "ongoing" but the club's pre-season schedule got under way with Rafa Benitez's old car park spot left vacant.

The sight of the empty spot was a signifier of what looks like a turbulent summer from the outside, but players and remaining staff were all smiles on day one at Benton.

The club confirmed The Chronicle's story that Ben Dawson would take temporary charge of first-team affairs alongside Neil Redfearn, with the reserve squad now in Spain under the guidance of Academy coaching staff in the absence of the development squad duo.

United are trying to keep things watertight when it comes to managerial candidates to replace Rafa Benitez.

A brief statement from the club yesterday morning read: "With the process of appointing a new manager on-going, Academy head of coaching Ben Dawson and Under-23s head coach Neil Redfearn will be overseeing first team training."

But Newcastle now have just over a month to get a manager in place and get moving in the transfer market.

They are falling behind many of their Premier League rivals but those close to the club insist there is no panic at the moment.

For all the accusations that are going at the moment about the club's summer spending plans, there is money in the bank and that has been bolstered by the PS30million exit of Ayoze Perez to Leicester City.

A short statement from the club simply read: "Everybody at Newcastle United would like to thank him for his service, and wish him well for the future."

Newcastle need to get stuck into the money they have now.

Quite whether United will reach the heights of spending up to PS100m - with another potential PS61m set aside for transfers had Rafa Benitez stayed - remains to be seen.

After the anger of Benitez leaving last week, the mood has been replaced by a state of disbelief at anything the club suggest they are trying to do. …

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