Chris Hughton seems a little worried about what will happen with the current Newcastle squad, since it seems he has no idea if more players are to be sold, or if new players can be drafted in. Picky picky.
Hughton and Calderwood – good job by the duo
Hughton knows the current Newcastle squad is already stretched to its absolute limit, and is even more unbalanced than it was last seaosn.
We now have very few full backs and a lack of striking power, after Martins, Owen, Viduka and Lovenkrands have all departed.
New signings will be necessary if more players are allowed to leave this month, which seems likely to reduce the still huge wage bill at the club.
Chris said today:
“Whether we will lose more players, I don’t know,” “But if that’s the case, we will have to think about players coming in.”
“Whoever takes over, it will be their remit to bring the club back. But to be able to do that, you have to have a squad capable of doing it.”
“We have lost three since pre-season. If you asked me whether this squad would be good enough to challenge, I’d say ‘Yes’.”
“But at some stage we are going to pick up injuries and that needs to be addressed.”
Hughton has not been allowed to make any summer signings by Ashley seemingly because he wants the new manager to make those signings.
The only thing that’s gone wrong with Mike’s grand plan this summer is that he hasn’t appointed a manager at the club, and we’ve now been without one for over 11 weeks. Some preparation for the coming season!
The plans of mice and men indeed.
And we should give some credit to Chris and Colin Calderwood for doing more than a decent job, in circumstances created by the owner Mike Ashley this summer, which have been little short of abominable.
We are hoping and praying that Mike will sell the club this week. Football ownership is not something he should ever be engaged in, which he has proven again and again on Tyneside.