What's next? With Mike Ashley in charge, I wouldn't really want to guess. Most of the surprise moves Newcastle have made do at least remain consistent with his business plan. Unfortunately for Mike and for the Newcastle fans, football isn't played on a balance sheet.
Colloccini and Gutierrez are both high earners at the club, and Cheik Tiote is probably the most saleable asset. To expect all three to still be at the club next summer would be foolish.
Newcastle fans are running out of heroes at the club and will have to hope that the new signings start well, that Ben Arfa can stay fit, and that somewhere amongst the new additions, Graham Carr has found another gem.
Where Newcastle will finish next season is anyone's guess. On paper they have a good first 11 as long as Enrique is replaced and another striker is brought in. However if Newcastle make a poor start, they will miss the grit, determination and dressing room resolve contributed by the likes of Nolan and Barton.
There is talk among Newcastle fans of further protests against the Mike Ashley regime. They are unlikely to make much of an impact on the thick-skinned billionaire, but a bad defeat in the second game of the season away to rivals Sunderland could see things turn very nasty, very quickly.
Fans no longer have anyone to trust: the owner and the board have betrayed them too often, Alan Pardew is increasingly seen as little more than a puppet manager, and even the local and national press have come under fire for failing to challenge the powers that be at St James' Park.
I'll leave you with one of Joey Barton's more poignant tweets:
"One day the board might realise what the shirt signifies. HONOUR and PRIDE. Thanks for your continued support.......#toonarmy"