Hughton – We Have To Get On With It


This season has been one of the most difficult ever for Newcastle fans and also the playing squad at the Newcastle club.

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Chris with Joe Kinnear on the sidelines

Newcastle fans have gone 5 months with nothing been said from the Newcastle Board following Kevin Keegan leaving the club.  That is almost inexcusable and how a board could be that stupid is beyond us.

But it was good news today to hear lots and lots from Kevin Llambias, who almost seemed human at times in what he was saying.  😀

What Kevin has said is all talk of course, which is easy, but what he’s said has made some sense, even though we were disappointed at not getting enough players through the door in January.

But the fact he is working on new contracts with Beye, Martins, Duff and Owen suggest they know the players they have to keep.

But the Board have a long long way to come to make up for the mess they made of things once Kevin left in September.   It will be good if Kevin can communicate with the local papers regularly, which it looks like hes’ doing and he’s not holding too much back, which is good.

And it appears we will be going after some good players in the summer including Johnson, Onuoha, Ebondo, Veloso, Wheater, Fox and others, who all seem to be more than decent players.

If we can unload Viduka, Geremi, Cacapa, Edgar and maybe Smith, our squad could be strengthened a lot in the summer, and that’s what we have to hope for.

Chris Hughton, who has been through it all this season, believes the troubles at the club have served to toughen the squad, as he talked today to the Evening Chronicle:

“The situation regarding Joe is a different one for the players.” “But in football you do get used to dealing with lots of different things.”

“What I have been through over the years is managers coming and going and the changing of regimes.” “Things change constantly but you have to adapt to them.”

“I think that moving away from Joe’s situation, what they do know now is that the window is closed and all the speculation that comes with it is also gone.”

“There is no more talk about takeovers either.” “What they know now is that there is not going to be change.”

“We have to get on with it, and what you will see is a pulling together of this group of lads.” “You will see more of that in coming weeks too.”

“And all we can hope is that will take us into some good results.”

Without getting too carried away, there’s a decent chance the lads will be able to start to pick up points, but the next game will be important.

If we can get something out of the home game with Everton that will add to the confidence of the playing squad, and we may even escape relegation this season.

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6 comments so far

  • camdengeordie

    Feb 14, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Kevin Llambias?

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  • workyticket

    Feb 14, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #2

    “Newcastle fans have gone 5 months with nothing been said from the Newcastle Board following Kevin Keegan leaving the club. That is almost inexcusable and how a board could be that stupid is beyond us.”

    Ed, you know perfectly well that everything that they did say and do was twisted out of all proportion, and that they couldn’t say anything about Keegan anyway for legal reasons. I realise that all this rabble rousing is good for your clicks and your ad revenue, but it doesn’t have any integrity, and it isn’t good for the club.

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 14, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #3

    camdengeordie // Feb 14, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    “Kevin Llambias?”

    ….aye, hahaha, mind, Ed did say he “almost seemed human at times”.

    …must’ve been a droid imposter.

    : )

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  • Bill F

    Feb 14, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #4

    What do you mean maybe Smith, unless he suddenly is a footballing epiphany, he has to go. I think Edgar should stay though.

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  • edwincjx

    Feb 14, 2009 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #5

    i second the fact that edgar should stay!

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  • Sav

    Feb 14, 2009 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed, are you on the sauce or what? …Kevin?

    Look.
    Stop tormenting yourself and us readers of your well-intentioned blog. Your good intentions are clouding your common sense.

    Forget what Llambias has said.
    We’ve known this regime for 19 months or more and we can SEE what they’ve done and make up our own minds based on that. What comes out of Llambias’ mouth is just spin, claptrap, hokum and plain lies. It doesn’t describe the facts as we know them.

    Ed, you yourself are spinning like a top in support of and then dead set against Ashley’s mob and back again. Don’t tell us how good it is that we’re going after this player and that player in the summer. How old are we, eight? I can survive on crusts and water if you only stop rabbiting on about chicken and chips.

    The best we can hope for. I reckon, is to crawl across the finishing line on our hands and knees in May with our Prem status still intact and then somebody else – anybody else – to come along and make a half -decent offer for the club. We’ll see then whether Ashley meant his ‘I’m not selling anymore now I’ve a 5-year plan’ baloney.

    My guess is he’ll be gone quicker than you can say ‘Jackie Charlton’ and we can all pretend the last 2 years were just the climax of a 40-year nightmare.

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