Football Manager 2022 will be released very soon, with many FM fans already getting to grips with the new game by playing the Beta version of the game.

FM22 is one of the most in-depth and detailed simulators around, allowing players to take control of any club, or country, and work their way towards success in the short-term and long-term.

Newcastle United will be one of the most popular choices for players this year after the recent £320million takeover of the club, appealing to players who want to splash the cash and win trophies straight away, or those who would relish the opportunity of taking on a long-term project and bring glory back to Tyneside for many years to come.

We've put together a complete team guide for Newcastle on FM22, to give you a helping hand when starting your new save at St. James' Park.

Newcastle United Football Manager 2022 team guide

First day - Club vision and expectations

The first meeting as Newcastle United manager on Football Manager 2022.
The first meeting as Newcastle United manager on Football Manager 2022.

Your first meeting as manager of Newcastle United is with Club Director Amanda Staveley, who gives you a summary of the club's history, reputation, facilities, staff and trophy collection.

You'll notice that there's also a media prediction of 10th place in the Premier League, based on the press' judgement of your squad.

Staveley will then discuss the short-term and long-term vision for the club, which will leave you with no doubts about the expectations that you must perform to. You are also told about the club's five-year plan, which involves increasing the club's reputation and commercial revenue, along with working within the club's wage budget.

Newcastle United board expectations and plan for the future.
Newcastle United board expectations and plan for the future.
Newcastle United board expectations and plan for the future (continued).
Newcastle United board expectations and plan for the future (continued).

Ongoing expectations: Grow the club's reputation, increase commercial revenue and work within the wage budget.

End of current season: Finish top half, reach the quarter-finals of FA Cup (minimum) and reach the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup (minimum).

End of 2022/23 season: Qualify for the UEFA Europa League (preferred).

End of 2023/24 season: YOUR CONTRACT EXPIRES and work towards qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

End of 2024/25 season: Work towards qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

End of 2025/26 season: Win a domestic cup (preferred) and qualify for the UEFA Champions League (preferred).

Recommended tactic

Amanda Staveley will then talk you through who your staff believe is the strongest Newcastle team, along with information on the club's best youth prospect and top earner at the club as well as giving you a summary of the club's transfer obligations.

Newcastle United's best XI on Football Manager 2022.
Newcastle United's best XI on Football Manager 2022.

After you finish the meeting, you can view your tactics, where you will see what your staff believe are the best tactical styles to work on based on the players at your disposal.

The thumbs up icon against the tactics indicate that your staff believe the players in the club will perform best in these tactical systems.

Once you choose your preferred style, you will be taken through a tutorial to choose a suggested formation, player roles and overall team instructions, which you can edit to fit your specific tactical style.

Newcastle's preferred tactics are Wing Play, Fluid Counter-Attack and Direct Counter-Attack.
Newcastle's preferred tactics are Wing Play, Fluid Counter-Attack and Direct Counter-Attack.

Squad strengths and weaknesses

You can then view the team report tab to see who Graeme Jones (assistant manager) thinks is your strongest team, with a list of strengths and weaknesses throughout the squad that give you the information needed to improve the squad and tailor your tactics to suit the squad's strengths.

Newcastle United's strengths and weaknesses.
Newcastle United's strengths and weaknesses.

Key players

Allan Saint-Maximin

Allan Saint-Maximin's FM22 profile.
Allan Saint-Maximin's FM22 profile.

Allan Saint-Maximin is the best player at the club with brilliant stats for a winger with his key stats being his 19 dribbling, 19 flair, 17 pace, 16 technique, 16 acceleration and 16 agility.

Callum Wilson

Callum Wilson's FM22 profile.
Callum Wilson's FM22 profile.

Callum Wilson is the best striker at the club and one of the most reliable goal scorers in the Premier League.

Martin Dubravka

Martin Dubravka's FM22 profile.
Martin Dubravka's FM22 profile.

Martin Dubravka is the club's best goalkeeper.

Best Youngsters

Joe Willock

Joe Willock's FM22 profile.
Joe Willock's FM22 profile.

At 21-years-old, Willock may not be classed as a 'youngster' still but after a successful loan spell at the end of last season, he returns to the club permanently and with the right guidance he could become a world-class midfielder.

Santiago Munez

Santiago Munez's FM22 profile.
Santiago Munez's FM22 profile.

A promising young Mexican striker at Newcastle United? The dream begins....

Elliot Anderson

Elliot Anderson's FM22 profile.
Elliot Anderson's FM22 profile.

Elliot Anderson is the hot prospect at Newcastle United and one of the most promising youngsters in the Premier League. Will you loan him out for game time or give him his chance on Tyneside?

Shaun Mavididi

Shaun Mavididi's FM22 profile.
Shaun Mavididi's FM22 profile.

Shaun Mavididi is definitely a star for the future at just 16-years-old, so if you plan on staying on Tyneside for a while you can nurture and guide him into a world-beater.

Under 23 squad

Newcastle United's under 23 squad.
Newcastle United's under 23 squad.

Under 18 squad

Newcastle United's under 18 squad.
Newcastle United's under 18 squad.

Reagan Thomson, Charlie Wiggett and Matthew Bondswell are players to keep an eye on as they have the best chance of making it into the first team with the right development and training.

Injury Table

Newcastle United's injury list.
Newcastle United's injury list.

Martin Dubravka, Joelinton, Jonjo Shelvey and Javi Manquillo are all injured at the start of your save should you choose to manage Newcastle, but all players should be back ahead of the season opener against West Ham.

Dubravka has the latest return date after suffering a foot injury in pre-season, with the Slovakian 'keeper expected back on August 13 in-game.

Transfer budget and wage bill

Newcastle United's budget.
Newcastle United's budget.

Following the £320million takeover of Newcastle, as manager of the Magpies you will have access to a £200million war chest to improve the current playing squad, with a wage budget of £600k per week.

In your second season, you will have access to another £100million to improve the squad even further to help achieve the club's goals and match the board's expectations.

So, what's next as Newcastle manager? Well, you will need to set up your coaching staff, scouts and carry out other club maintenance, as your choices now directly impact the club and whether you achieve success or failure.