Newcastle Prepare To Move Into Transfer Market

News today that Chris Hughton is preparing a list of players after it looks like Newcastle United could finally join the market to sign players next week.

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Chris Hughton – needs two or three new players

With even more players going to be lost before August is out, with a £4M bid for Damien Duff, thought to be from Fulham, already being considered by Newcastle, we will need to build the squad back up.

Hughton hinted that Newcastle need two or three additions, but that will hardly be enough for a 46 game season, once we get our usual troubles with injuries.

Newcastle are the only one of 91 clubs not have have brought in any new players, and there’s now just 17 days of the transfer market to go.

If Ashley attends the game tomorrow against Reading, surely he will know that Newcastle are less than happy with his pathetic performance over the summer as owner of Newcastle. After all we’ve also just been relegated.

Chris Hughton said today:

“The position I’m in at the moment hasn’t changed so much since pre-season,”  “The nearer we get to the window it will probably become more and more difficult.”

“At this moment, my remit and all my thoughts and efforts have been going very much into training this group of lads and preparing them for games.”

“Some of the issues that might arise over the next few weeks haven’t arisen. But I appreciate that the nearer we get to the window, it will get more difficult.”

Since we were relegated Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, David Edgar, Claudio Caçapa, Peter Lovenkrands, Ignacio González, Mark Donninger, Obafemi Martins, Sebastién Bassong and Habib Beye have all left the club, and we expect Damien Duff to leave shortly also.

Hughton believes that discussions about new signings will not be delayed much longer, but that may be because Ashley has decided to take the club off the market.

Chris continued:

“We’ve lost three players (Martins, Bassong and Beye) since the start of pre-season,”

“If I look at the squad we’ve got at the moment, providing we don’t have too many injuries, I’d think we need the additions of two or three to the squad.”

“But that’s keeping all the players we’ve got. At this present moment, we’ve got a squad I think is a very capable squad.

“There’s no doubt if we were to lose players, it would certainly get more difficult and being where we are and what we want to achieve this season, replacements would have to be brought in. I’ve not had a conversation about that yet.”

“All the efforts from the club have been into selling the club and taking it the next step forward. But I certainly do anticipate that possibly, maybe as soon as after this weekend, some talks will have to take place about if any players were to go, the situation that would leave us in.”

Hughton is happy doing what he does best, and that is working on the training ground with the players.

But he needs to prepare for the day when he asked who he wants to sign, but that also suggests there will be no permanent manager for a while too.

Chris continued:

“I think you have to,” “You have to prepare yourself but at this moment (yesterday afternoon) I expect us to have the same squad tomorrow.”

“If that was to change, of course the club has got to make decisions on what it would like to do about replacements.”

We would hope to hear something very soon about whether Ashley is keeping the club, and he needs to make that decision, at the latest, over the weekend.

By then hopefully we’ll have beaten Reading.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Stuart79

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #1

    That’s right, Hughton buys some players and then Ashley appoints a manager!

    Ashley really knows how to run a football club doesn’t he?

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    So if Hughton is buying that will mean ca$hley is staying!

    3 names being bounced around are:

    Norway forward Erik Huseklepp,
    Charlton Midfielder Lloyd Sam,
    Watford striker Tommy Smith.

    Why not Per Ciljan Skjelbred?

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Ca$hley’s offer of a 2 year contract to O’Leary was rejected!

    No one wants to manage with him in charge!

    Mike, Take the hint and take a hike!

  • Stuart79

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    There’s always someone with no dignity or scrupples that would work at NUFC with Ashley.

    Stardust make sure your phones switched on…..

  • HalftimeBovril

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Hughton has said that he will prepare a list of players he would like.

    As soon as Ashley or Larmarse receive his list I can tell you exactly were it will go, filed in the circular container under his desk. I remember reading Keegan, JFK, Shearer all had their player ‘Lists’ too and I bet their lists are now under a mountain of Greggs wrappers.
    There’s more chance of Ashley taking note of my food shopping list.

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Funny Stuart 🙂

    I will believe transfers when I see them on the official site ….Yawn.

  • lesh

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Ashley’s decsion making skills are clearly based on sound advice and after much thought and in depth analysis, he’s applied his highly honed skills and made decisions based on cigol!

  • komfort

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    can’t someone from a properly run football club give slim a set of instructions on how to run a club…

    ..this bloke aint got a scooby.

  • spiderpig

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    this is a load of bollocks.if we sell duff and taylor we are doomed.thats before we get that idiot joe kinnear back.we lurch from one disaster to an another.we really are paying for 5 years of absolute shite management arnt we,i know ashley has been a disaster.but the managerial choices we have had since bobby robson have been nothing short of disgracefull.including the choice to pick shearer ,a bloke with no experience to save a team in 8 games.laughing stock.

  • lesh

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Stuart 79, you do Sawdust a dis-service in suggesting he has his phone switch on – it always has been but only to communicate with lesser mortals.

    He doesn’t need a phone to communicate with Ashley and his cronies – he just kneels down beside his little bed, puts his little hands together and talks to his god before his mammy tucks him in with his teddy!


  • baldynapper

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Hughton will be drawing no list up at all………..See daily express

    Joe Kinnear is set to return to the Newcastle hot-seat on Monday in a hammer blow to fans’ hopes of getting rid of hated owner Mike Ashley and bringing in local hero Alan Shearer.

    Ashley has been desperately trying to sell the club all summer, but his decision to hand the reins to Kinnear strongly suggests he has failed to find a buyer prepared to pay his £100million asking price. That could mean Ashley staying for at least another season as he attempts to add value to the club by restoring their Premiership status at the first attempt.

    Kinnear spent six months in charge at St James’ Park last season, only to suffer a severe illness in February which left him requiring open-heart surgery. But he has now told friends he is putting together a coaching unit for his second stab at the Toon job.

    Only last week, he revealed Ashley had offered him a two-year contract to take over at Newcastle but declined it because he felt he needed more time to recover. Now Kinnear has been given the all-clear by doctors and has been told by Ashley to start work on Monday.

    He will not be a popular choice with either players or fans but he will point to his record at Wimbledon, where he kept the tiny south London club in the Premier League for seven years, and his first spell at St James’ Park, where he went some way towards stabilising a spiralling club.

    We really are in the poo poo now!!

    Mind you it does say that JFK is “putting together a coaching unit for his second stab at the Toon job” so for me CH & CC better empty their desks over the weekend!!

  • cam_toon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #12

    So yet again we continue the mistakes or old. Cobbling together a squad without any real vision or overiding idea.

    More players brought in by a temporary manager. No consistancy no Long term vision.


  • lesh

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Ashley’s allowing the team to be sold off without replacements and Kinnear’s record with us was abysmal and yet Ashley contemplates bringing him back.

    The man just beggars belief!

  • Toonfan1

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Whether it’s Hughton or anyone else, we desperately need to bring players in. We need a RB, LB, at least 2 CB’s, a couple of wingers to replace what looks like the outgoing Duff and the abysmal Gutierrez and we also need a proven goalscorer who can provide goals in the lower leagues i.e. Beckford. Ashley needs to realise that if he is to sell the club in the future, he still needs to pump a hell of a lot of money into the club in order to get us back into the Premier League and make us a more attractive purchase for buyers.

    Team for tomorrow:
    R Taylor S Taylor Colo Enrique
    Duff/LuaLua Nolan Smith Gutierrez
    Carroll Ameobi

  • cam_toon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #15

    So how the hell can jfk return if he, by his own omission is out for the next three months???

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 14, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #16

    Loosing Duff is not a big blow in my opinion. Loosing Taylor will just completely screw our shoddy defence!

    Taylor cannot be replaced, gettin £4m back for a player we paid £5m for is good business in my book and it will be a big wages saving too!

    Baheng or Lua Lua can come in for Duff, no problems, but we do needsome new players, just for cover and to make up squad numbers as much as anything!

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Barton is Shit-Stirring again, now this is a player we need to ship out ASAP:

    Joey Barton has been rowing with his Newcastle United teammates, it has been revealed.

    The Sun says the Toon bad boy angered keeper Steve Harper by telling him he makes it easy for opponents to score.

    He taunted others by saying they would be axed for his first-team return.

    A source said: “Barton told Steve in front of the other lads that he was making it easy for opponents by staying on his line and that they knew it was his weakness.

    “It did not go down well. He acts like a goalkeeping coach telling Harps how to do his job.

    “In training, he has also been walking round asking ‘Which one of you is getting dropped so I play this weekend’?”

  • Tino 11

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #18

    Off topic but i posted this on the previous thread.

    Stardust’s post have lost all credibility when he said “you can never ever teach positional sense”, he clearly is an intelligent man, who knows his finances, but he aint got a clue about football!

    I often think he doesn’t actually support MA as much as he makes out, i think he does it because he enjoys everyone getting mad and posting stuff back at him.

    If he really thinks the fans are to blame for relegation then he is an idiot. The protests lasted 2 games max, the rest of the season the supporters were 100% focused on supporting the team, yes they moaned and groaned and criticized but NO MORE THAN ANY OTHER BUNCH OF SUPPORTERS.

    The players are professional footballers and our players and players at other teams have stated they do not let what happens off the pitch effect them on the pitch.

    Liverpool, Man U supporters have all had large protests, did that get them relegated? No, beacuse it’s complete rubbish to even think it.

    There is always a mob element of fans at every club, but they do not cause relegation. The players got the club relegated because they were unsettled by different managers coming in, poor training, and of course some just couldn’t be bothered. The players are to blame for this 1st, then MA for poor descisions and not investing a small amount at a crucial time for transfers.

    Every person involved professionally in the football world has said the fans are not to blame in the slightest and that the players and the owner are to blame, these are the people we should be listening to.

  • cam_toon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #19

    why do I feel that NUFC is nothing more that a peice of drift wood being whittled down but a dirty old hick and his inbread chums.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #20


  • repo

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #21

    nufc what a load of crap if you believe the sun you got mental issues..

    harper would of knocked barton out if he said that.

    as for hughton we need more than 3 players and the only list they got is the one from shearer..

  • AussieToon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #22

    Love him or hate him, the man speaks the truth!

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #23


    1. Its not from the Sun.
    2. Harper is a puff!
    3. Would you cross Psycho Barton?

  • belfast toon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #24

    I read someone saying on am other post that they hope we would be sold today did I miss something

  • belfast toon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #25

    Bartons not a psycho he’s a tw4t what’s he done put a cigar in some kids face and punched a kid. Yeah my hero too hard as a coffin nail

  • Whumpie

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #26

    Blimey – where to start?

    1. Hughton saying we need 3 players means he’s joined the BS machine at the club. We’re 10 down on an already thin squad. 15 needed. Have the balls to be honest, Chris; don’t lose our respect with twaddle like that.

    2. If JFK is coming back, it’s not as manager. I think he’ll have a job; no idea what.

    3. Duff needs to go; we simply can’t afford him or anyone on his kind of salary.

    4. If Tayls goes, I think it shows we’ve reached a tipping point and nobody will want to stay.

    5. I’m still desperately hoping for a sale to be announced. I’d rather be owned by a relative pauper with good ideas and genuine passion for
    the club than Ashley. Watching his management has been like watching the stock market last year: every time you think things have hit rock bottom, they drop out of sight again.

    5. We can still beat Reading tomorrow. It’s the post-August bit that will kill us.

  • Whumpie

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #27

    Oh, and I don’t believe that daft Barton story. But I also wish Barton would go headbutt a bus. I don’t care how good he is (not all that good), I’m fed up with being associated with him. He’s a waste of carbon and should have been fired months ago.

  • RyanToon

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #28

    new signings???

    my f cking ar se

  • repo

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #29

    The Sun says the Toon bad boy angered keeper Steve Harper by telling him he makes it easy for opponents to score

    hmmm were did it come from then..

  • Whumpie

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #30

    Ryan, that last comment totally cracked me up… which is a bad thing when people think I’m writing a project highlight report.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #31

    Tino 11 @18 …”Off topic but i posted this on the previous thread.”

    …and I posted this on the other thread in response to you:

    “Agree with your Toon thoughts Tino, another factor for our relegation though that people often overlook is the fact that we were ABSOLUTELY RAVAGED by injuries for more or less two thirds of the season, this blame, again, falls on Ashley’s head for not listening to his manager, players, fans, press etc etc et-bl00dy-c when it was blatantly obvious to all we were desperate on numbers and ridiculously lop-sided.

    …and it’s happening again, I’m afraid!”

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 14, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Ed posts stories far too fkn quickly.

    Runarounnnnnnndddddddddd, NOW!

  • Tino 11

    Aug 14, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #33

    Rodz – I know, cheers. Ed gets these stories up so fast nobody has time to respond to your comments!


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