We’ll have a chance to see today how the Newcastle side is likely to do in the Championship this coming season.
Chris Hughton – focusing on Saturday’s game
Stand-in coach Chris Hughton said today:
“The players are focusing on Saturday, we’ll evaluate the performance and result and everyone will form their own conclusions post-game. The only feeling I get from the players at the moment is that they’re determined to do well on Saturday and nothing else.”
“Once you’ve done a pre-season apart from the club’s situation and things that have been written, we’re a football club and the players do their best out on the pitch irrespective.”
“When the fixtures came out, on paper we’d have like to have a game slightly more comfortable if that’s possible and a home one. There’ll be a group of lads giving everything to get a result.”
Today’s performance should tell us a lot about how we can expect to fair this season in the Championship, but the squad we have is woefully short in numbers and skill.
What happens if one of our full backs (they are Ryan Taylor and Jose Enrique) is injured for instance?
We seem to have no strength in depth with the sqaud, and right now will have to rely on the youngsters to fill out the first team squad in August.
We have no idea if Ashley keeps the club (let’s hopoe and pray that’s not the case), whether he will allow any new players to be brought in – the Newcastle club we feel is in that big of a jam right now.
Joe Kinnear recently said there was no money for new players should Ashley not sell the club – then what do we do?