What Will Ashley Do With Newcastle Squad?

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Im predicting that another 4 go.

    cheers ashley

  • Trent Toon

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Coloccini, Barton, Geremi and Xisco- All dead beats

    Hats off to Chris Hughton, i admire his tolerance he taken the brunt of the force from the club for a while now. A great assistant manager that should stay on as assistant after the club is sold. I prefer him over Dowie.

  • roscoe

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #3

    really good article for a change… if we had more of this rather than all the doom and gloom we’d all be better off…


    Sometimes just a bit of positive thinking can go a long way.

    Howay the Lads!!

    Lets go for Promotion!

  • bozo

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Ashley will sell anyone he gets an offer on expect more Ryan Taylors as replacements.

  • roscoe

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    lets stick it to the rest of the country who all have it out for us!

    Lets back the lads, get promoted and then sing songs at all the other fans when they come to what will be fortress St James!!


  • Rodzilla

    Aug 10, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #6

    …will be happy to see Coloccini, Geremi and Xisco leave, but that would take our OUTS to a total of 12.

    …ouch. We’d need to bring it at least 4.
    CF of the pacy kind, LB, CB, RB – a winger that could cross and a AM would be nice too. But I ain’t expecting 6 players in. 🙁

  • sahota

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Mike just need to move on and sell the club to moat for around 70-80 mil . But big question is will he ?

    We need new manager in as soon as possible and some player IN and OUT. Sooner the COLO goes the BETTER. Even if he is available, we should given chance to other guys. He has failed again and again. Play him in reserves and ask him to prove a point if he wants to play for first team.

  • bozo

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Ryan Taylor as bad as Collo we played with a 2 man defense.

  • spiderpig

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #9

    i think he will sell.if he doesnt he will be halving his money again next year.cut your losses fat lad.admit it was a big mistake,take it on the chin and get back to selling cheap clothes.

  • Nobby_Long

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #10

    What I have taken from that game is that if WBA are the favourites for the league, then there is not too much to be overly concerned about.

    However, we need to address the weaknesses in our squad…..and that is the key as we all know.

    We are very short of cover in defence we’ve only really Tamas Kadar pushing for a place. I believe we should go for an experienced centre-half …doesn’t have to be a world beater – but can organise the defence. we also need a right back.

    Midfield – centrally we are too slow – Nolan looks so overweight & slow …its embarrasing.

    Outwide – Duff – scored, but again no matter what wing he is on, for some reason seems to believe he does not have the pace to beat his man, so wont’ try to take anyone on.

    Gutierrez – always looking for the cutback when he gets in the box – looks good for the Argies but that’s with good players around him. – crossing is terrible

    Upfront – Shola………..soory son, back to the bench…….Carroll….could do OK, but we lack pace & a bit of a spark to go alongside him …

    To be honest if we can ship a few out, such as Colo, Geremi, Xisco & possibly, Gutierrez (as he must want to go anyway) & Nolan…..we should be able to generate the funds & release sufficient wages to be able to bring in the few players we will need.

    That is what I can’t understand about Ashley – he is all just knee-jerk reaction to things……if he had allowed the restructuring of the playing staff (& appointed a manager to do it) – we would have been in a much better position, both to win promotion and financially to smooth the sale of the club.

  • pubcat

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #11

    As a stop-gap, maybe, could Xisco still be a success? And what about Baheng? For strikers we can pick from Carroll, Ranger, Amoebi, Xisco, Baheng and Donaldson. Not ideal, I know, but if we can give the latter two some decent sub time (20 minutes or more) in the next few games that would give them more experience.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Aug 10, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Nobby thats the thing he aint all knee jerk reaction thats why this is so damn scarry. Kinnear went down and every man and his dog knew that he would not be back last season. What did Ashley do, he sat back assessed the situation then proceeded to stick his thumb up his arse and wait and wait till it got to the stage he had to do something although the damage had been done and there was no real way out. With the sale he is waiting to get things his way or till the last minute, which ever comes first. theres no knee jerking at the minute.

  • ginkoh

    Aug 10, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #13

    As long as Ashley stay in charge, No players will come in. It’s pain and shame but I pretty sure it will be.


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