Newcastle United interim boss Chris Hughton is still hopeful of holding onto centre-back Steven Taylor, and strengthening the squad before next Wednesday.
Chris Hughton – has performed magnificently this summer – great job!
It must be hard for players like Steven and some of the other players, to really not know where they will end up next Wednesday morning.
But on second thoughts they’re big boys now and on terrific wages, so that’s not too much to have to put up with, in the wider scheme of things.
But we also think if Steven is still at Newcastle next Wednesday, he’ll breathe a big sigh of relief – and so will we.
Steven epitomizes the spirit of Newcastle United, and has always had a great fighting attitude.
The 23 year-old can be one of our key players this season, and there’s never been any doubt about Steven’s commitment to Newcastle United – no doubt at all.
The interim Newcastle coach must also have had some difficulty dealing with all the stories of the takeover these last 14 weeks, and some stories even today suggest that Shearer will be the new manager within 48 hours.
But it’s to Chris’ great credit, (true also for the rest of our coaching staff), that through all of this, he’s just concentrated on his job, and he’s been great for the Newcastle club, the players, and the fans this summer.
Where would we be now, if we’d made a terrible start to the season?
Chris is also more than eager to strengthen the squad in several different areas before Wednesday, given the number of departures and injuries sustained in recent weeks.
Chris talked today about Steven Taylor:
“I am hopeful we will keep him. Nothing has been said to me that says anything different. I expect him to be a Newcastle player come Tuesday evening and beyond.”
“I hope no one else leaves. Most important is that we can compete. We have been fortunate with injuries until now.”
“The squad is quite tight at the moment. Along with that there is a feel good factor among players.”
“We are looking to strengthen. We have said if we pick up injuries we would be stretched. We are at that stage now.”
“At the end of the window we have to be in a position where we can compete, and that means having a squad big enough.”
“We are short up front. There is no getting away from that. Xisco and Carroll are both out. We have to work our way around that. We are going into a difficult game against Leicester on Monday.”
Very well summed up by Chris, and we hope he’s having input to Llambias or whoever is dealing with the transfers before next Wednesday.
We just had a little pang of depression there, as we realize it may be Derek who’s dealing with the transfers and loans.
Oh well, maybe he’ll have a good few days before next Wednesday, we’ll just have to hope so for the good of the club.
We probably need to bring in full-backs, wingers, a center-back and a striker, and if we can bring in up to 5 new players by Wednesday, and not lose any, we’ll be in decent shape.
Especially with the youngsters able to back up injured players in the first team, when required
But we also have a sneaking suspicion that Nicky Butt will be on his way – but we’ll see.
If Alan does come in, he’ll want to keep Nicky and get rid of Joey Barton, but some of the stories going around today about Shearer and the Americans trying to buy the club, have to be fairy tales.
It really will be a tough test on Monday night against Leicester, but these are games we just must win to stay in touch with the leaders.
And with another likely gate of around 45,000 or even higher, we must win these home games this season – or at least that has to be the plan – none of this draw business for a single point. We want and need all 3.
And on the off-chance that some of these stories are indeed true about Shearer coming back, we know the Newcastle fans will give Chris a huge acknowledgement, for the great work he’s done this summer – he’ll deserve it for a terrific piece of coaching, and he’ll have done himself no harm at all professionally over these last couple of months.
And should he stay at Newcastle, he deserves a wage increase.
But any acknowledgements for Chris on Monday night will need to come at the end of the game when we’ve won, or at least when we are 5-0 up, and all 3 points have been assured. 😀
Howay The Lads – you can do it!!