Strange Comments From Hughton On Sol Campbell


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.



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26 comments so far

  • sahota

    Aug 18, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    He has not said we won’t sign Sol. he won’t speak anything till its deal done. In past he never commented about Bassong, Beye moving …neither he was aware of them til last.

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  • bill

    Aug 18, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Just playing a straight bat – again.

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  • Dragonera

    Aug 18, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    There is nothing at all surprising about this Ed. It has only confirmed what the majority of us have come to discover at one point over the last few years. Ashley has no desire to boost our squad and improve the team, he only seeks to keep costs low and ultimately make a profit. Ashley has never ever spent more money in a transfer window than what he has recieved through outgoing sales (and this transfer window he will spend significantly less than what is recieved), which has me wondering, where has all the money from our gate receipts and television rights over the last 2 – 3 years gone?…Most probably into his pocket. All this talk of Ashley clearing debt and paying wages out of “his own pocket” is nonsense. The man has simply supplied us with a loan and gone on to recoup that money bit by bit each year by simply not spending on transfers and enjoying our revenue. He is exploiting the weakness of NUFC fans, and that is a love for their team regardless of the situation.

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  • Big Gaz

    Aug 18, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Sol would be a good asset to the club. Even if we just sign him for the season on a play n pay role I think he would do well in this division..
    But once again the powers that be will let another very good player slip through our hands because of money and stupidity

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  • Nick 69

    Aug 18, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5

    not suprising comments at all, chris hughton also said there were no bids he was aware of for martins, beye and bassong when clearly there was

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  • stk85

    Aug 18, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    kinnear come back as manager…… i’m goingn on the rampage. sick of this sh**

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 18, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Hughton has absolutely no idea what is going on around him.

    I bet he knew nothingof Danny Simpson coming in until he read it in the paper/on the net.

    He has maintained all along that he had no idea about players going out until they didnt turn up for training!

    At the end of the day all Hughton is there for is to coach the players, he has no say over which players he is coaching!

    Sol sounds very keen to come in and there were reports this morning that he is willin to cut his wages to as low as £15k a week to join us.

    Hopefully Moat, then Shearer, will follow him in and Collo and Barton will be out of the door!

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  • cicero

    Aug 18, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Campbell would be a very good signing for Newcastle, whose defence is still very shaky. However, it should be on a pay per game basis as his injury record over the past few seasons hasn’t been that good.

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 18, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Big question marks in an article I read this morning of what Ca$hley has done with the £25M generated from sales, Barclays thought it would be paid off the club’s working loan but it appears that this is not the case.

    So has Ca$hley just pocketed this cash so that he looks like he is accepting a lower offer of £75M but really he has pocketed the full £100M he wanted!?!?

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  • sahota

    Aug 18, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Yes guys could anybody please tell me hows environment at away games. I want to go to Ipswitch, Peterborough and Watford away games with my wife. I live nearby. Any suggestions about going to away games with your partner.

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  • Dragonera

    Aug 18, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Oh Dear

    Maybe. If that were the case a sale would probably take place after Duff has departed…but i doubt this.

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  • stk85

    Aug 18, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #12

    whatwever happened to that brazilian kid from way back in februray ed? caio ferrera or something? did he get clearance in the end.

    and as for ashley not communicating with the playing side for players coming in and out, thats just horrendous and no frickin way to run a football club.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 18, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #13

    Why was Sol in the Director’s box if he wasn’t planning on signing for the club?

    Erm… let me think – it couldn’t be cos he’s knocking about with the granddaughter of one of the richest and most successful businessmen in the North East could it?

    Maybe he will sign, maybe he won’t. Less of the twaddle though please.

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  • stk85

    Aug 18, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #14

    sahota…. give ur wife a toon top, teach her the words to blaydon races, get yourselves tickets, enjoy!

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 18, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15

    We should Pick up Sol on a free along with Hamman also on a free!

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  • stk85

    Aug 18, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #16

    michael ball too as back up please

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  • Mags

    Aug 18, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Ed

    I am convinced that Hughton (poor bloke) is totally out of the loop as regards comings and goings of players. He just finds out like the rest of us when ithas happened.

    Sahota (10) – you will have no problems with our supporters whatsoever. My friend and I(minus husbands) have travelled home, away and abroad and have never had one moment of trouble the whole time, in fact the opposite.

    Away matches are absolutely the best, such good craic.

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  • sahota

    Aug 18, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #18

    @stk85 Sure I will. We both will be in toon tops for sure…

    Any specific songs which geordie crowd sings on away games…links would be nice

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  • Nick 69

    Aug 18, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #19

    sahota- I very much doubt you would get a ticket in the away end considering the much lower allocations this season, which will mean they will all be snapped up by season ticket holders immediately, and since you live nearby you would probably have to sit in with all the home fans if you wanted to go

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  • stk85

    Aug 18, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #20

    do we really think ashley has pocketed the money? this guy really has absolutely no shame whatsoever

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  • stk85

    Aug 18, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #21

    even if you sit in with home fans, i really have never found that to be a problem. if it is, people are morons

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  • Nick 69

    Aug 18, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #22

    stk85- i wanst suggesting it would be a problem, especially not with his wife, but it is just not the same as sitting with the toon fans and nowhere near as enjoyable!!!

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  • batty

    Aug 18, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Dragonera well done for seeing the light m8

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  • sahota

    Aug 18, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #24

    ahh …sitting with home fans …I doubt if I would be able to cheer for our lads on ground sitting among away fans…although I would guess it might depend on how away fans are like…..

    Also how does it work. If I buy away tickets from nufc.co.uk box office , when do they post as I don’t live nearby and won’t possible to walk-in to collect.

    Thanks to mags , nick , and all you guys for helping with this.

    I can see already tickets of some away fixtures are on sale and are available so my guess is I might be able to get tickets for Ipswitch, Watford and Peterborough matches. Fingers crossed.

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  • punk skunk...

    Aug 18, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #25

    Well done again Hughton, say nowt, act casual…That’s what i like about him!..

    …Why should he be drawn in to spillin’ anythin’ to the rags…That’s what rudolf, wenger et al do…I’m certainly not comparin’ CH with them in anythin’ but keepin’ his mouth shut with regards to the media…
    …It definitely makes a nice change!..

    …It’s not that he doesn’t know anythin’, he’s just pro-minded & will not be drawn into their speculative crap!..
    …Keep it goin’ Chris…Respect!..

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  • sahota

    Aug 18, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #26

    In my comments above I have created confusion about away and home fans…I meant being away fan , sitting among home fans won’t be good. Isn’t it ?

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