Newcastle United are lucky to remain in the Premier League after manager John Carver won only three of his 19 Premier League games in charge since replacing Alan Pardew but the club need a drastic summer overhaul to avoid another relegation scrap.
Business so far
Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Taylor, who are out of contract, have been told they not be offered new deals and will leave the club this summer, while the Magpies have also released Jak Alnwick, Adam Campbell and Remie Streete.
What they need
The Magpies need an experienced manager who can bring stability to a club that have lived under a cloud of uncertainty in recent seasons and Steve McClaren is said to be the chosen one.
Signing a proven consistent goalscorer to supplement Papiss Cisse and partner the promising Ayoze Perez up front should be the new manager's top priority. Newcastle have been linked with Charlie Austin and after the Queens Park Rangers striker scored 18 Premier League goals last season, he looks like a useful option.
Also needed are a defender to lead the backline and a midfielder to orchestrated the game, like the much-missed Yohan Cabaye used to do under Pardew.
Who could join
After being linked with a number of managers, includying Frank de Boer, Michael Laudrup and Patrick Vieira, McClaren is expected to be appointed as the new manager .
Meanwhile, the Magpies are reportedly leading a £10m battle against Southampton to sign Austin, while they have also recently linked with a reunion with Andy Carroll, currently at West Ham United.
Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford, Hull City defender James Chester and Florian Thauvin from Marseille are also said to be on their summer shopping list.
Who could leave
Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan and Yoan Gouffran may be put on the market, while Moussa Sissoko may be tempted to leave Newcastle to join one of the Premier League giants.
Having been linked with Arsenal in recent transfer windows, the player recently revealed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is tracking his development.
What the manager has said
"We all want to win things and it's a big summer for the football club. We have to invest – we know that, Mike knows that, [managing director] Lee Charnley knows that – and hopefully we will.
"From day one I've wanted this job, and I still want the job. To go through what I've gone through in four to five months, under the circumstances any manager would've found it difficult, experienced or inexperienced."