With all the hype surrounding a new manager and ground I find it hard to escape the idea we have reached a point where there is a huge need to overhaul our playing squad.
I'm of the opinion this is not a daunting task as this rebuild period looks to be coinciding with an emergence of young players ready for the first team.
Most top managers challenging for the top of the Premier League work on the basis of two players for each position:
New Player / New Player
Coleman / Kenny or Connolly
Baines / Garbutt
Funes Mori / Galloway
Stones / Jags
Barry / McCarthy
Davies / Besic
Attacking midfield / Number 10:
Barkley / Dowell
Deulofeu / New Player
New Player / Mirallas
Lukaku / New Player
Players to leave:
A number of these players are out of contract. Some need to be offloaded (even on free transfers, eg, McGeady).
The players to leave are simply not good enough.
On central defence, I'd say we need to find Jagielka's replacement. We'd also need to replace those players who want to leave (Lukaku, Stones and Mirallas??)
It's a huge job ahead, but I'd question any manager happy to retain any player on my 'players to leave' list as they're simply not good enough...