Caretaker boss Chris hughton, who has done a stellar job to get Newcastle 10 points out of the first 12, is still hopeful of keeping Newcastle’s squad intact come the close of the transfer window.
Chris Hughton – still hopeful on squad
In fact Chris has stated today that he hopes departures from Newcastle are not imminent, but exactly how much he knows about what’s going on to sell some of our players, is a good question.
And Hughton sensibly has suggested to Ashley that keeping the current squad together – and making a couple of new signings – plus a couple of loan signings – could be a recipe for a return to the Premier League at our first attempt.
Of course anything sensible is not really part of what Ashley usually does, so Chris’ good words have probably fallen on deaf ears.
After the first 4 games of the season, if we can keep our current squad together, or at least the vast majority of it, promotion seems possible, if the lads can keep fighting like they’ve been doing so far.
Hughton, after a third straight win lifted Newcastle to second top of the Championship, reiterated:
“I am hoping we don’t lose any more players. Everybody here and the supporters are hoping that.”
“That will be determined in the next week, but I am hopeful.” “You look towards the end of the window and the areas we need to strengthen.”
“We are not so far off. There’s no doubting the quality here – the decision we have to make is whether it’s enough to compete.”
“New players have very much been thought of, but there’s still a week and a bit to go.”
And Hughton reflected with some pride on a comfortable win in the capital.
We couldn’t believe the lads went up 2-0 in the 21 minutes, in what we thought would be a very tough game, but maybe we’re better than we thought – maybe.
Chris talked about the game yesterday:
“We knew it was going to be a tough game today with the manager they have here and their style of play.”
“We knew we would have to play well in every department, and I thought we were worthy winners.”
“Whatever the situation at the football club, the aim is to get back into the Premier League.”
“And the players know that if they don’t show enough attitude and application, they face a long, hard season, but I cannot fault them.”
Chris has managed to instill a good togetherness at Newcastle, and certainly the lads are playing with a lot more fight, confidence and team spirit than they did last season, and it shows.
Indeed, we now have 3 league wins already this season, before August is even out, and that’s compared to 7 league wins in total in the Premier League last season.
There’s nothing like winning to lift the atmosphere at a football club – and the more the better, as far as we are concerned.
Now we need for Ashley to say he’s selling the club tomorrow.