Newcastle United chiefs hold summit in Northumberland to discuss business performance

Newcastle United chiefs have been around the table at an off-site meeting in Northumberland to discuss the club's business performance.

The summit meeting involved leading figures such as Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Amanda Staveley, Jamie Reuben, CEO Darren Eales and CCO Peter Silverstone. Toon head coach Eddie Howe was also involved as meetings stretched across two days to talk about the club's overall strategy.

This was a similar move to the meetings in Newcastle's Prime Video documentary in which round the table discussions between Toon chiefs too place in the dramatic setting of Alnwick Castle.

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The club's next step in their search for a sporting director is also expected to be confirmed soon with Crystal Palace's Dougie Freedman just one of the leading candidates. Newcastle already know they will have to cut their cloth accordingly as they look to build on this season's solid effort in the Premier League.

Once again, with FFP and PSR rules set to determine the agenda, Newcastle must box clever and as Howe has stated "be creative" in this summer's trading period. Speaking at his Friday morning Press conference, Howe stated he was planning to keep Alexander Isak and Bruno Guimaraes.

Speaking about the sporting director search, Howe said today: "I have met respective people. I was not involved in the early stages, I have sort of come in from the side but I have been consulted and I think that is important."

Howe has had to manage through a period of intense speculation that Bruno is wanted by Man City and Isak is on Arsenal's wish-list.

The boss will put up a fight to keep his big names such as Isak and Bruno, but said today: "I don't know why that is in the news. But I keep saying we are looking to build a successful team.

"Now to do that I have always said we don't to sell our best player. That will knock us back some considerable distance because then you are starting again.

"So there's no weakness in the club to say we are going to sell anybody. But of course FFP is there and we have to comply like every other football club. This summer is a very difficult thing to predict, but there is no desire from anybody at the football club to sell our best players."

When talking about clubs like West Ham who sold Declan Rice to Arsenal, Howe said it was difficult to move forward. He said: "It is because then you go into a process of rebuild and that is very difficult at this level because then you are bringing in somebody who is unproven at this level and you are back where you started.

"That can take one or two years. So we don't want to end up in that position, we are determined to grow on this year. We have had a tough season with tough conditions. We have our squad back and we will look to build on this season."