Newcastle United could very well be condemned to the Championship this evening, as a win for local rivals Sunderland against Everton tonight would see them stay in the top-flight ahead of Newcastle and Norwich City.
If they do drop down to the second-tier, then many a Newcastle fan would like to see the young players at the club given a chance to thrive.
Two such players hoping to make an impact at Newcastle going forward will be Alex Gilliead and Macaulay Gillesphey.
The pair have been on loan at Carlisle United this season and both 20-year-olds have impressed since making the move to Brunton Park.
Now their manager Keith Curle has confirmed plans to bring the players back again next season.
He told the News and Star today:
"I have already spoken to those players and their agents.
"I see their continued progression to have a minimum of another six months with us, or potentially another year with us.
"Because of what they’ve done and how they’ve adapted to league football, that option might be taken away from us.
"I've expressed an interest with the players and ultimately it's down to them.
"But they can't afford to be at their parent club and not be playing games. I don’t see them progressing if they're not playing football."
Newcastle will obviously need to consider any potential loan deal for the pair but may also need to wait and see what state their team is in if they do suffer relegation.
It could be that Newcastle will want the young pair to stay at the club ahead of a season with the first-team, should a large amount of first-team players leave in the summer.
In which case Curle and Carlisle will have to look elsewhere.