Newcastle last night suffered their second relegation from the Premier League in seven seasons having narrowly survived the drop last season. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley promised that the club money to ensure that their supporters wouldn't have to endure the relegation dogfight once again. Ashley was good to his word as Newcastle have the second biggest net spend in the Premier League this season, second only to Manchester City.

Summer transfer window.

After surviving relegation last season, the man chosen by the Newcastle board to bring in the players to improve Newcastle was ex-England manager Steve McClaren.

McClaren's previous job before taking the Newcastle post was Derby County manager in the Championship and had been linked with the Newcastle job for months before his appointment was announced. The summer transfer window saw Newcastle spending £52million and bringing in Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Thauvin and Mbemba; while a total of £3.75million was brought into the club, meaning a summer net spend of around £48million. Despite spending the money, Newcastle struggled to find their best form under McClaren and struggled at the bottom end of the table once again.

Seydou Doumbia on loan from Roma.

As Newcastle looked to fight off relegation once again they spent another £28million in the January transfer window as they brought in two players with Premier League experience in Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey for a combined outlay of £24million.

They also signed Henri Saivet for around £4million and Seydou Doumbia on loan from Roma.

Doumbia made 3 appearances.

The outlay of £28million in the January transfer window with little money coming meant that Newcastle's net spend for the 2015/16 is £77million. Despite signing on loan, Doumbia wouldn't have come cheap and only made three appearances for the club and hasn't been included in the matchday squad once since Rafa Benitez replaced Steve McClaren as manager in March.

Sitting on the bench.

Another January signing and Shelvey was handed the captains armband by McClaren and but has struggled to feature on a regular basis under Benitez, being dropped to the bench for their must-win game against his former side Swansea City. He came on in that game to play the final 24 minutes but in the last four games, he has only played a total of nine minutes and been left sitting on the bench against Manchester City and Aston Villa.

So now Newcastle face at least one season in the Championship and it will be interesting to see if Benitez is in charge of the side come the start of the 2016/17 season and how many of their signings this season will still be Newcastle players.

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