Hughton Hopes He Doesn’t Lose More Current Players


Chris Hughton seems to know about as much as the fans and players at Newcastle – about what is going on right now – not too much.

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Chris Hughton – hopes to keep most of the squad


Chris talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“I am in the seat at the moment.” “It is fair to say there will be more speculation, but will happen we don’t know for sure.”

“If I am still in this position, more talks will take place with Derek over what we can do.”

Hughton is hoping to hold on to as many of the current squad as possible, but our wage bill is still too much and we think other players will have to be sold, or sent out on loan.

If Duff leaves we still think we need to cut around £10M off the yearly wage bill to get it below £40M.

However, with several of last season’s players now departed, and more on the way, Chris added:

“Looking at the what we have at the moment, this is still a quality squad.” “We have been fortunate so far in that we have not had too many injuries this season.”

“We definitely need a squad which in terms of numbers can cope with life in this division.” “What we have had to do is continue working as normal.” “It would not be right to push ahead with plans. You need to set out plans and look at possibilities.”

“What will happen is lots of names will be linked with us between now and the transfer window shutting.” “You also know there will be a lot of ins and outs and people talking about that, which is understandable.”

“The club have to plan ahead, but under the present circumstances it is difficult.” “You only have to switch on the TV to see that everyday when it comes to talk on transfers.”

“It is not just one player, it is numerous players.” “There will be activity in the window, but we hope there is not too much more here as I would be happy to retain this squad.”

It doesn’t seem that Chris or even Alan Shearer are too aware of how the wage bill has to be cut this summer.

We are going from about £100M a year income to around half of that, and we therefore have to have the wage bill cut accordingly, from around £74M to something below £40M.

This is hardly rocket science but more like business 101.

We’ll know what we’ll end up with once we reach September 1st, but let’s hope it’s better than last year at the same t ime.

Then, we missed out on a lot of last-day deals and could only bring in Nacho Gonzalez and Xisco, who were both just hopeless last season.

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38 comments so far

  • Widowmaker

    Aug 15, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Dear Chris,

    Of course you will. Take care and do you best for us plz.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #2

    HE’S NOT THE FKN ONLY ONE!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3

    He’s fckin dreamin……

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  • qemin

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #4

    hah..
    if there’s more people going out, you don’t have to worry. Just blood in the youngster or for goodness sake, please buy more players~

    anyone got the channel for today’s match?
    I’m from m’sia, but there are’nt any champnshp matches shown here.. plz..

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #5

    As pissed off as I am and as angry I am at Ashley and his slow death regime at the club when it comes to the games and when push comes to shove I have to go and support them lads on the pitch.

    I just love the club!

    I urge everyone who isn’t thinkin of going today to get there and show the world what the club means to us!

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Keith Harris has already said the big earners are being sold as the people interested in buying the club are worried about the wage bill and will have money in the clubs account to use how they want.

    You can’t have it all ways.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Stuart79 – Im going mate – Im up for a good sing and shout so will the lads around me!!!!

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  • Bill F

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #8

    At this moment he is the one of the few stable aspects of the Toon setup. Quietly getting on with his job to the best of his abilty. I think he deserves a pat on the back for his efforts, considering he is having to work with one hand tied as it were.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Bill F – agreed. He could easily go off elsewhere.

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  • TrinidadToon

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #10

    @ qemin

    Mate, I have to watch games from Trinidad.

    Normally use this website. Looks like they are showing the toon game tonight. (Scroll down to around 12.20pm and it should be there) Just click on the link near to kick-off.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Bassong and Taylor arn’t the highest earners at the club, well there’s certainly others should have been sold before those imo.

    They are the ones that others want ofc and Dowie responsible in a way for Bassongs sale stinks, no club loyalty these days.

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  • TrinidadToon

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #12

    @ qemin

    sorry forgot to put link in!!

    http://www.atdhe.net

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Stuart79 the Lads allready know what the club means to us they dont need any proof of loyalty.
    And can you imagine hughtons convo with lambsarse ” please sir can i have more player,, MORE how dare you close the door on the way out can you not see i am busy playing pocket billiards

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #14

    drogba you b*****d!!

    Off to shearers for a pint – laters all

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #15

    6 MINS ADDED ON AT CHELSEA

    PREMIER LEAGUE STILL A FIX

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  • boater

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #16

    HOughton’s record is exceptionally awful – even as a caretaker. Astonishing. I respect he doesn’t want the job and has been dignified considering the sh*tstorm that surrounds him… but let’s put the poor guy out of his palpable misery.

    Bassong, Beye, – strangely I wasn’t THAT bothered about their departures… in the circumstances – and Martin’s going was overshadowed by the news of SBR – Duff – though.. that is our last vaguely creative or pacey player and efficient wide player – the mind boggles how flat we will be without him… has he gone thought yet??

    O’brien, Griffin, Ki Sung-Yong, Beckford, Commons, 2 noweigans – that’d be something to build from. Aint gonna happen….

    how is this possible? ahhhhh man.

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  • chuck

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Any chance of unloading Llambias, if there are any casinos out there in need of a handycapper we got this great deal for you on a free transfer.
    And hey Mr Kraft of the New England Pat`s.
    Interested in a good deal, c`mon over and do for us what you did for the Pat`s, great fans , state of the art stadium, idiot owner dumb ass managing director or whatever his title is.
    Would be a steal !

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 15, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Hard lines Batty.

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  • Darryl

    Aug 15, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #19

    6 minutes added on was justice – i predicted about 5. Hull were out to waste time after about 70mins. Then Cech was injured for the best part of atleast 4 minutes. Hull also had a player down for a couple of minutes.

    Phil brown was smirking when it was 6 minutes – Sais it all.

    Chelsea easily deserved the 3 points – lets hope newcastle show the same drive and determination throughout the season.

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  • chuck

    Aug 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Trinidad Toon
    Think i can pick up from US E/coast on this link.
    Are listed times US eastern standard ?

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  • qemin

    Aug 15, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #21

    thanks trinidad toon!!
    Let us all pray that the toon army will perform well!

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  • TrinidadToon

    Aug 15, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Not sure what the times are- iv watched different sports on it and the time it says is random. In most cases i think its US E/time yeah though.

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  • Fostino

    Aug 15, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #23

    harper

    r.taylor s.taylor colo enrique

    barton smith nolan jonas

    ameobi carroll

    this is the team hughton will pick

    id pick:

    harper

    simpson taylor kadar enrique

    lua lua smith barton jonas

    ranger carroll

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  • chuck

    Aug 15, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Trinidad Toon
    Thanks for the info, will give it a shot when i return to US, as there are no championship games shown on FSC.

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  • chuck

    Aug 15, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #25

    Fostino
    Kinda like the second team better, dont rate R. Taylor, Simpson i believe was a good pickup, wonder who was responsible for that ?
    Could possibley sign him if he works out as I dont think Fergie needs him.
    Think I woulda gave Krul a start also.

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  • chuck

    Aug 15, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #26

    Chris Hughton, have no fearwe can only expect to lose our best players, coming in, Liam O`Brien, Andy O`Brien, any any any O`Brien.
    Not saying he is pants but face it this is a guy we got rid of years ago, did he suddenly become class ?
    Is this the direction we are heading ?

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  • DJG

    Aug 15, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Hughton just hasnt got a clue, I suggest he copy and pastes this for his teamsheet.

    ————————Krul———————
    R.Taylor–Coloccini–S.Taylor–Enrique
    LuaLua——Barton—Smith(c)–Spiderman
    —————–Ranger–Carroll—————

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  • DJG

    Aug 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Remember weeks and weeks and weeks ago when we were told there would be an ‘anouncement in the next few days’ haha

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  • DJG

    Aug 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #29

    I admire Hughton though because many other men would have just said you can stick your job i’ve had enough of this.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 15, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #30

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1755863,00.

    young harris battering moneybags youngsters, i bet he will be off next then

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  • dave 1961

    Aug 15, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Manchester United right-back signs for Newcastle
    what a comic the chronicle has become with these headlines just to con people to buy there rag the fact hes about tenth on the list at manu never even made the paper

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  • Fostino

    Aug 15, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #32

    i reckon simpons agent contacted the club about simpson, hughton was probably asked then if he fancied simpson, which he probably said ‘yes please, anyone is better than no one’ and who knows simpson could be good

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  • MacToon

    Aug 15, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #33

    So is Taylor playing or not?

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 15, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #34

    im dying to see if taylor plays, im desperate for him to play

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  • Fostino

    Aug 15, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #35

    s taylor aint leaving us, there’s barely any cover at the back as it stands

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  • Fostino

    Aug 15, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #36

    its surely the bigger earner and the more useless colo that must go

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 15, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #37

    JFK’s BLACK AND WHITE ARMY!

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  • chuck

    Aug 15, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Look in regard to Simpson, You dont get into the Man. U. system without having talent.
    Give the guy a chance, how much worse than R Taylor can he be ?

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