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.
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.