The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that caretaker manager Chris Hughton is expected to get the go ahead to boost the Newcastle squad for the coming season.
Chris Hughton – green light for new players?
The Chronicle is reporting that after Sebastien Bassong’s £8M move to Tottenham, preliminary discussions with the White Hart Lane club have taken place over the prospect of two Spurs youngsters making the return journey to Tyneside on loan deals.
However, it is expected these moves will not be made until just before the transfer deadline on September 1st, and we have no idea who the two youngsters are, although Spurs have some very good young players in their ranks.
Hughton now has less than 20 senior players in his squad, and we’re a little puzzled why Peter Lovenkrands is being overlooked for a permanent transfer to Newcastle.
Peter would be a good addition to our current squad, especially as we are now short of strikers at the club, and Peter is very experienced and a more than decent player.
The Football League rules, which have been changed this season says that a match-day squad of 18 players must be named now for each game. Right now we will struggle to do that, without naming many untried youngsters in the squad.
Hughton told the Chronicle today:
“I am realistic enough to know that if I’m still in the seat as the weeks go on, discussions will have to take place over players going and so on, but at the moment it hasn’t happened.”
Keith Harris of Seymour Pierce bank is struggling to find a buyer that can pay the £100M asking price for the club, and we half expect Mike to announce soon he will keep the club and appoint a new manager for the season.
Alan Curbishley may be closer to the job than we may think, as he is apparently a close friend of Managing Director Derek Llambias, and certainly Alan could do a good job on Tyneside, if he ever agreed to come up to the north east.
Talking about the game on Saturday Chris added:
“One thing the players did know was that the eyes were on them.”
“Not just their quality, but how they applied themselves, their attitude and their desire to win the game.
“I think that’s what they were able to do.” “I would have liked more clear-cut chances, but what we were able to do was work the ball into the final third.”
We have to admit we were pleasantly surprised at the players’ commitment on Saturday, particularly in the second half, , but we know one swallow does not make a summer.
But we’re hopeful – as always.
We would expect any new players arriving on Tyneside will have to wait until a new manager is announced by the club, and that should happen some time this week.