Newcastle United’s Chris Hughton has said today that contract talks about players’ futures at the club, have been put on hold until the end of the season, which is hardly surprising.
Chris with Joe Kinnear – all contract talks on hold
The same thing happened last year at this time, as the team fought against the drop.
Newcastle captain Michael Owen, Oba Martins, Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini are just four Newcastle stars, who will be leaving Newcastle in the summer, if the club does get relegated to the Championship.
That’s simply because the wage bill will need to be cut quite dramatically, to match the reduced income into the club.
Newcastle caretaker Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The most important thing is they are fighting for the club’s survival.” “The fear of this club not being in this division next season supercedes absolutely everything.”
“I don’t think at this moment players are thinking about their futures.” “What they are thinking about is making sure we win enough games, get enough points to stay in this division.”
“Any thoughts of the future come at the end of the season.”
An aspect that should be driving players towards success in the upcoming games, is their own futures, because a number of them will need to change clubs if Newcastle do go down, so in order to maintain some stability for their families, they should be playing in the games like their lives depended on winning, and not like they did on Saturday.
Newcastle are now 3rd joint bottom, and only 5th from the bottom because of a decent goal difference, and that could yet prove to be a savior for the club, if Newcastle are still down in the doldrums come the end of the season.
“From our point of view, there are two things: one is the result, and the other is the performance, and you can gain something from both.”
“I can always say the most important thing for us is the result, which it is.”
“But very quickly after that, we have got to make sure we get a performance because it is about having a run of games and building confidence.”
Good words from Chris and of course the result is now becoming more and more important.
If we played very badly on Saturday but won – we’d be absolutely ecstatic. But exactly how that could happen would be interesting – but we’d still take it. 😀