Hughton Hopeful Of Stengthening Newcastle Squad


Newcastle United interim boss Chris Hughton is still hopeful of holding onto centre-back Steven Taylor, and strengthening the squad before next Wednesday.

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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.

Don’t they?

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!!



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211 comments so far

  • Tino 11

    Aug 28, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #1

    What no cooldj?

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  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Aug 28, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #2

    ed i luv ur blog but it confusin wen u cant spell properly

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  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Aug 28, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #3

    why is evree 1 obsessed wit cooldj????? expecially tino 11

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  • bowburnmag

    Aug 28, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #4

    “I hope no one else leaves”

    “We are looking to strengthen”

    Are both key quotes for me. Both seem pretty helplessly hopeful.

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  • Tino 11

    Aug 28, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Tal_nufc4eva // Aug 28, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    why is evree 1 obsessed wit cooldj????? expecially tino 11
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    Sorry, just boredddddddddddddddddddddddd.

    I’m more worried about losing players than bringing players in, we have time after the window is shut for loans and free transfers, plus those players not picked up will be even more desperate to show a club they are worthy of a contract.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 28, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Yawn………

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  • Big Dave

    Aug 28, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Tal_nufc4eva thats funny 😉

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  • Alanmc09

    Aug 28, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Signings in before tuesday
    Lovenkrands-free
    Chopra-6mill
    Bale-season long
    Marcus tudgay-4mill
    Out-xisco 3mill
    Butt-1mill

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  • thud and blunder

    Aug 28, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Alanmc09…

    Marcus Tudgay??? where did that come from haha

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 28, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Alanmc09 // Aug 28, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Signings in before tuesday
    Lovenkrands-free
    Chopra-6mill
    Bale-season long
    Marcus tudgay-4mill
    Out-xisco 3mill
    Butt-1mill

    Bit early to be on the p1ss isn’t mate?

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #11

    I love how we’re now all keeping our fingers crossed that Ashley will be so kind as to not sell all of our best players and maybe, just maybe, will sign one or two players (that no one else wants) on a free.

    Promotion my arse.

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  • Davies

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Still not sure Shearer’s the man for the job.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Davies // Aug 28, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Still not sure Shearer’s the man for the job.

    I’ll say it again- Bit early to be on the p1ss isn’t it?

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  • Alanmc09

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Hahaha tudgay is a great playar and we need young and quality cover in midfield!stuart haha good things come to those who wait!

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  • TakeoverNews

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #15

    No more new news.

    No announcement as i said, but the Chronicle is pretty much spot on with what i have said. Talks are still ongoing, the Americans are now real front runners and are trying to push through the deal ASAP. Was told that there is not much else to sort out, but obviously the financial aspects of the club are getting examined thoroughly.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #16

    TakeoverNews

    “The financial aspects of the club are be inspected thouroughly”

    Ah well, there goes another potential buyer!

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  • Waddles mullet

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Takeovernews

    How long you worked for the chronicle?

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #18

    17 Waddles mullet // Aug 28, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Takeovernews

    How long you worked for the chronicle?

    Oh below the belt that Waddles.

    Not the green eyed monster is it?

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  • TakeoverNews

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t work for the chronicle.

    And Stuart, they must have had an idea of the financial state before showing interest, They have the funds, so the only thing to stop this now is Mike Ashley. Or if Moat suddenly ups the ante.

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  • Waddles mullet

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Why would they fly half way round the world when they could view books online?
    If they are in London it would be a matter of signing on the dotted line and getting a deal in place for big al.
    If it’s not done today then it’s more bullsh!te!

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  • magpie6699

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #21

    So who do we play up front – no Carroll and … never thought I’d say this – gutted that Ameobi may be out. Also Xisco (less gutted – is an understatement).
    Ranger / Smith? Ranger / Nolan?

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  • TakeoverNews

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #22

    As if something hugely confidential, and something with so much money would be done online. They are here to see there potential club, they want to be here to sign it off.

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  • thud and blunder

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #23

    FFS!!!!…DC just been on SSN and the bloke asked him about Newcastle/Sunderland…mentioned stuff about the mackems but totally ignored the Newcastle part..

    So we got no update from DC…AGAIN!!!

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  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Chopra and Tudgay? My god, I’d rather have Kanu and Tugay! 😉

    Toon will have to spend before the deadline, a new defender and a striker please.

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  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #25

    INS:
    Lovenkrands – Free
    Bale – Loan
    Beckford – 3m
    Dos Santos – Loan (Options to buy)
    St Ledger – 1.5m

    OUTS:
    Xisco – 3m (55k a week)
    Butt – 1m (55k a week)
    Geremi – 1m (60k a week)

    Harper(vc)
    Simpson Taylor Colo Enrique
    Jonas Smith(c) Dos Santos Bale
    Beckford Ameobi

    Krul, St Ledger, Guthrie, Nolan Barton, Lovenkrands, Carroll

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  • thud and blunder

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Takeovernews…

    are you Lee Ryder?? haha

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  • TakeoverNews

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m not Lee Ryder.

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  • thud and blunder

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Dan4toon..

    your optomistic mate…we wont sign any of those..

    well maybe Lovenkrands…thats it

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  • hitman

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #29

    i was at my pysios the day an he heard that these yanks were showen around the training ground and stadium last night,.who knows eh

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  • Waddles mullet

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #30

    There was a online data room!
    Shields gazette?

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  • magpie6699

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Are you sure this lot weren’t from New York – near Shiremoor?
    Or even worse the first Washington – and probably Makems taking the proverbial!

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  • TakeoverNews

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #32

    You cannot complete a deal by just looking on the online data room. There is so much to talk about and agree on. It isn’t just a case of looking through the books. Plus if this goes through, they want to be here.

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  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Takeovernews is it close mate ??

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #34

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • TakeoverNews

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #35

    It is very close from what I have been told. So fingers crossed as we all know things can change.

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  • Waddles mullet

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Thought sheard was doing monkey work for them when deal agreed they would fly in and sign!!
    Advertisor??
    Metro?

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  • TakeoverNews

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #37

    RyanToon

    Taylor signed for Everton yet?

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  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #38

    thud and blunder // Aug 28, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Haha I’m just in a optimistic mood 🙂

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  • TakeoverNews

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Sheard was there for initial talks, finding out price and pretty much how the club is run, after that it is pretty much up to the Americans.

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  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 28, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #40

    TakeoverNews //

    Are you personally someone in the know or do you get told things ?? 🙂

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