Hughton Hoping For Cavalry To Ride To The Rescue


To his credit Chris Hughton has been pressing for reinforcements in his own polite and logical way over these last several weeks.

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Chris and Colin – the leadership duo at Newcastle

We find it hard to criticize Chris much at all, because when you  see his interviews, you just know this Londoner is straight as an arrow.

He’s a good communicator so the tendency is to like him, and we know what he wants – and as we’ve said earlier this morning – that’s not true with Ashley and Llambias. who never say anything.

Chris talked about reinforcements that are needed for the Newcastle squad:

“I think my concerns are being heard,” “The club are aware of the position we’re in.

“I would be hopeful we can add to the squad as soon as possible.The decisions on who comes in and at what stage will be made by the club.”

“We’re just hopeful that come 5:00 pm on Tuesday we’ve brought in the players we need to bolster the squad.”

“What you want is your ideal squad now, but there are other issues at this club (regarding its ownership) and arguably bigger issues.”

We hope we have reinforcements by 5:00 om on Tuesday too – but we have to point out the lack of purchases on the final day of last season, when many were promised and Xisco and Gonazale were all that were delivered (ouch!), is just one of the reasons that led to Kevin Keegan leaving the club and starting what has been an awful time for the club.

Oh, and Kevin apparently didn’t want either player – well he was always a good judge of a player – and he’s been proved right again.

Xisco and Gonzalez were hopeless for Newcastle last year,  with the Uruguayan making two short substitute appearances all season in September, and making Marcelinho look like he was an ever present when he had his 4 years on Tyneside.

Marcelinho never played much but kept picking up his wages.

But if all that happens again, it will be really catastrophic for the club and seemingly deja vu – all over again.

We’ll see if Ashley and LLambias learn from just one of the many mistakes they’ve made over these last 12 months at Newcastle, which has to be the worst 12 months in Newcastle’s great history.

It tells you how little we think of these two executives,  when we say we wouldn’t bet on it!

Comments welcome.



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15 comments so far

  • jordi

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #1

    No Ed. I wouldn’t bet on them knowing their elbow from anything else tbh.

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  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #2

    3 or 4 players in hopefully a striker so we can use him on MONDAY :d

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  • thud and blunder

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Im very very worried today, everything is VERY quiet on both the transfer front and especially the TAKEOVER side of things..

    None of the major papers ie Guardian, Times, Telegraph have said anything about the takeover since thursday. Maybe this is a good thing as something might be brewing but im very worried that come tuesday 5pm we will be stuck with the same owner and only 1 or 2 additions to the squad.

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  • Ericles

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    I have not kicked a ball since summer 1986. But I am prepared to accept a call from Chris. Aren’t we all?

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  • Ericles

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Do not know about the cavalry cos I can’t ride a horse. I just hope Chris will accept volunteers from blokes like me as a grandad in the ragtime infantry. Joking apart I think the youngsters will try and do us proud on Monday. Every minute they have on the pitch will stand them and NUFC in good stead regardless of what Derek Laurel and Michael Hardy do to the club by Tuesday midnight. Howay the lads!

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  • bill

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #6

    From what I remember, at the beginning of last season we were told that we needed 3-4 players more.

    Since then we have lost a further 10. By my reckoning we are now 13-14 players short.

    On the credit side of things we have 1 player on loan and possibly 2 or 3 kids might come through the system, though I doubt that any of them are ready yet.

    So looking on the optimistic side of things we are currently only 10 players short.

    I can only hope that Mike Ashley quickly leaves Newcastle in the hands of someone who has a real vision for the club. Hopefully, this will happen quickly enough to allow some signing before this transfer window closes and then some further strengthening can be achieved in January.

    Does anyone on here other than me wish we hadn’t played Jonas and Shola on Wednesday even if it had meant losing the game?

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  • belfast toon

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #7

    I think well be taken over in the last few minutes of the window (man city style) I think it will go right down to the wire all three partys wanting the best deal. ( Moat, yanks and the fatman) and someone will give in.

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  • thud and blunder

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    i agree with your last statement Bill….

    Im really not bothered about the carling cup one bit, we will probs get Chelsea away next round…so itl be a waste of time.

    it was a mistake on CH part that he played them, in my opinnion. Our main aim is the league and always should be this season and to risk two of our best players was madness. we have a small enough squad as it is, now its even smaller, and i also agree that the kids aint ready yet, wed night showed that.

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  • Ericles

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Bill – we cannot afford to lose any games no matter who plays. Start cleaning your boots Bill -I am!

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  • bill

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Cruciate ligaments snapped and worn out knee joint means I’ll be playing on one leg.

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  • Ericles

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Cheers Bill – you will still be more use than Colo. Have a nice day. Going for a pint now.

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  • bill

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Have one for me!

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  • dave 1961

    Aug 29, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #13

    so someone still thinks we are going to be taken over hope your right, i think not. and Chris was right to want to win the game on Wednesday, as we don’t know whats going to happen when we loose, we could go into free fall, and we know what Ashley will do, he will sit on his hands and do nothing until its almost to late, then get a manager in, well if this happens i will not blame Chris for it, the blame will go on the little & large look likes, when his investment then only worth 20million and he has a cry and says hes made terrible decisions. i hope i’m in spitting distance, or close enough to deposit a pair of mole grips on his nut.

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  • Rangerman

    Aug 29, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #14

    I think a few loan signings have already been lined up, if Moat doesn’t get his act together then they will be brought in on monday or tuesday.

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  • chuck

    Aug 29, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Still grasping for those straws i see.
    No sale,
    Only the deadly duo of MA & Llambias.
    Hughton as manager as long as he does`nt totally screw up.
    Bosmans and loans only, forget signings.
    Not too late to get rid of a couple more.
    And no this is not chrystal ball stuff it`s all very obvious.
    Sorry folks theres no Knight in shining armor on the horizon.

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