Hughton Very Positive No More Players Leaving

Good news if it’s true in the Journal this morning that Newcastle’s sale of players has ended.

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Chris Hughton – very positive 3 times in one sentence

Chris Hughton is very confident no more players will leave the club, but we still have injuries – but hey that may be a blessing in disguise.

What better time to have one or two injuries to point out the paper thin squad – than when we have a little over 3 days of the transfer market left,  and we’ve brought in just one player over thelast 3 months.

Whoops that must be a typo – hang on – no it’s true – just one so far.

10 players have left the club – Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Claudio Caçapa, David Edgar, Peter Løvenkrands, Ignacio Gonzalez, Obafemi Martins, Sebastién Bassong, Habib Beye and Damien Duff – and Danny Simpson has arrived on loan.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Chris Hughton may still not be privy with too much that’s going on at Newcastle, after all he’s just the manager.

He could be hoping more than anything that we’ll not lose more players.

That’s probably because he cannot believe what’s going on at the club, just like the rest of us.

Chris said:

“It would be wrong of me to say it would be an impossibility anybody could leave, but I would be very confident – very confident – of keeping what we have. Very confident,”

“I certainly don’t think there have been the offers that have been put around (in the media), that’s for sure.”

Hang on – very confident three times in one sentence – maybe he really has been told we’re keeping the players we have.

If that’s true then whoever is in charge of the club may have decided the excess wage bill is an investment – it’s around £48M/year – bigger than a majority of Premier League clubs.

Joey Barton, Nicky Butt, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Jonás Gutiérrez, Tim Krul, Xisco, Alan Smith and Steven Taylor continue to be linked with transfers, and some of them could still be moved out.

Under pressure Bolton manager Gary Megson has gone public with his interest in Kevin Nolan, but that doesn’t say he’s made a formal approach for Kevin, one of the new leaders at the Tyneside club.

And Hughton is unaware of anything that’s official with an approach for the Liverpudlian midfielder:

“What I’ve been told is there’s been no contact between the two clubs regarding Kevin Nolan,” “I haven’t spoken to him (Nolan) about it.”

We have 3 days and about 6 hours left in the trsansfer window at the time of writing, and anything can still happen.

Oh by the way are we still selling the club?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • jordi

    Aug 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    I Like CH but I don’t think he’s kept in the loop.

  • jordi

    Aug 29, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    He said he knew nothing about the players that did leave after all. Has anything really changed since then?

  • Trent Toon

    Aug 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Yer what is happening to the sale of the club wasn’t the deadline friday? But i guess it was the friday before that- then the friday before that. Ohh and about a few fridays before that. Hahah i read an article about two months ago that Newcastle is to be sold by friday!!

    This is a circus-the greatest circus show on earth!

    We certianly are still the entertainers!

  • bowburnmag

    Aug 29, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Chris is ‘hopeful’, would probably be closer to an accurate description.

    That’s what I genuinely believe.

  • Bigbadbob

    Aug 29, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Ten out and one in, any chance the club might reveal their strategy to the fans?

  • batty

    Aug 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    aye agree bowburn just like the rest of us hopefull

  • magpie6699

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    I think he’s not really that positive that we’re not going to sell not that many players – never. Or something.
    My guess it it’s based purely on actual offers or contacts he knows about so far, rather than an assurance from MA or DL (the other term for that is a” bleedin’ lie”)

  • Mags

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Why is it that I feel like a child in the playground, hanging onto his bag of sweeties that have been raided by the bigger kids?

    I am left with very few, and some of those I do not like particularly, but I am trying to hang on to them grimly against all odds.

  • SJS

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Speculation is rife that more speculation will come today with no substance at all and we will all dance around it until tomorrow comes and then we do it all again.

  • Ericles

    Aug 29, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Don’t be daft Hughton. I know you mean well but Ashley is still swinging his wrecking ball around his head! The asset stripping is not over yet. Nobody leaving means we are still lumbered with Colocinni and Butt! I wait wait for your next opinion at the end of Tuesday.

  • Trent Toon

    Aug 29, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree with Ericles… Coloccini must go (1 good thing about coloccini is that we never have to pay him his clean sheet clause when he plays) And we never have to pay nicky butt his goal scoring fee…
    Also Geremi would be good to get rid of!

  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 29, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #12

    The thing is, I don’t WANT noone to leave.

    I want Geremi out! Coloccini too if we can get any sort of decent fee for him, Barton and Butt if we get good bids.

  • chuck

    Aug 29, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #13

    The way things appear, it`s another gamble turned brown.
    Instead of sorting the club out (preparing for the Championship) by getting rid of those either not good enough, too old, too highly compensated, etc. MA appears to have gambeled on selling the club at a reduced price and leaving the sorting out to the new owner(actually at a loss to himself) but apparently in the present economic downturn it`s only considered a deal by a bunch of chancers hoping to make a fast buck.
    Now we are stuck with a number of well paid players who are next to impossible to move , resulting in probably the highest wage bill in the league.
    Come the winter break, depending on how things look as far as promotion is concerned, there will have to be big changes made.
    This in turn will aquire an astute manager at the helm, to leave things as they are is not an option.
    If that is not apparent to both the owner and everyone else (does the present board have no input) then it`s another year adrift in the lower league, reduced attendance, devaluation of the club, name it !


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