While their 12th-placed finish was probably a lot higher than most supporters will have been expecting, the safety of mid-table didn’t change the fact that there are a number of very real frustrations that many feel are yet to be addressed.
Whether or not the Toon hierarchy are able to do that with a paltry budget of around £10 million remains to be seen, however.
According to recent reports, Steve Bruce could be working with that meagre amount as he looks to bolster his playing staff this summer, and former England international Danny Mills has hit out at the update.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “£10 million is pocket change in Premier League terms, it’s pathetic almost.
“Basically they’re saying ‘Here’s the same squad.’ That’s what it will be. Simple as that. There will not be much more than that.
“But they can stay up because Steve Bruce is a really good manager. He’s just not getting any help.”
Meanwhile, ex-West Ham star Trevor Sinclair has argued that Leeds United are a bigger club than the Magpies.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “I think historically you would say Leeds [are bigger]. I think they have had a fantastic season.
"You just look at them in the ‘60s what they achieved as a football club, you would say Leeds, but Newcastle are a huge football club in their own right.”
We’ve gathered the best of today's Premier League transfer speculation below...
1. GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 03: Akeel Francis of Falkirk vies with Kris Ajer of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup third round match between Celtic and Falkirk on April 03, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer will become Newcastle United’s first signing of the summer transfer window in a deal worth around £6m. (Mirror) (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Photo: Ian MacNicol
2. Brighton want Gonzalez
Brighton have renewed their interest in Stuttgart's forward Nicolas Gonzalez.The Seagulls are weighing up a fresh attempt to sign the versatile 23-year-old Argentina international who they were also keen on a year ago. (Daily Mail) (Photo by Pool/Ronald Wittek - Pool/Getty Images)
3. Seagulls ready to sell Bissouma
Brighton are ready to sell Yves Bissouma this summer and the player favours a move to Arsenal over any other club. (Evening Standard) (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Photo: Mike Hewitt
4. Oostende's Jack Hendry and Gent's Milad Mohammadi fight for the ball during a soccer match between KV Oostende and KAA Gent, Sunday 06 December 2020 in Oostende, on the fifteenth day of the 'Jupiler Pro League' first division of the Belgian championship. BELGA PHOTO KURT DESPLENTER (Photo by KURT DESPLENTER/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Burnley transfer target Jack Hendry says he is unsure of what the future holds for him as he prepares for Euro 2020 with Scotland. (Various) (Photo by KURT DESPLENTER/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Photo: KURT DESPLENTER