Some surprising quotes from Chris Hughton today as he has played down talk of Newcastle United moving to sign former England great Sol Campbell in the near future.
Sol Campbell – Hughton says Newcastle not interested (?)
That seems very strange to us because Sol was telling people on Saturday at the Reading game that he would love to sign for the club, and there was apparently talks with him yesterday at the club.
And if we were not interested in the player what’s he doing in the Director’s box?
We don’t think Chris is privy to everything that’s going on with either outgoing or incoming transfers.
But Hughton has surprisingly suggested that he will only be moving to bring in a centre-back if the current pairing of Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor is broken up.
Chris told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“It’s inevitable that a lot of names are mentioned because of the situation that the club is in. And of course I know Sol from my past connections and he is a good player but we haven’t made a move for any individual at this point.”
“What we were able to do last week was bring in Danny Simpson, which was good timing for us because that was an area vacated by Habib Beye. We addressed that one because we had sold Habib and we needed a replacement.”
“At centre-half we are fortunate because Fabricio and Steven have been fit and they have been playing very well for us.”
It’s not accurate to say we are OK at center back, because we’ve lost Sebastien Bassong, David Edgar and Habib Beye during the summer, all of whom can play center-back and we’ve brought in nobody to replace them.
And Colloccini will be in his way, if only we can find a buyer for the Argentine, to further lower the wage will.
This looks to us that Chris has not been brought into the confidence of whomever has done the Campbell work at the club, and of course it could either be Shearer, who knows Sol well, or it could even be Kinnear, who is another potential manager at the club.
But surely signing Sol Campbell on a free, would do nothing to harm our promotion chances, and we think we should get him and quickly.
It’s been over 12 weeks now since the end of last season, and we still have no permanent manager – no wonder the club is a laughing stock.
However, credit to the lads, it hasn’t stopped us from getting 4 points in our first 2 games and we must now beat Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow night at home – kick off 7:45 pm.
Maybe Campbell will be that game too.