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