No New Signings Before Wednesday’s Game At Blackpool


Chris Hughton continues to work diligently behind the scenes at Newcastle to add some  new loan signings to his very small but talented squad.

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Colin and Chris lead the training at Benton
However, Chris has warned Newcastle fans not to expect any new signings before Wednesday’s game at Blackpool.

Chris said today:

“It’s no secret we would like to bring players in,” “At the moment we’re really getting away with it in terms of the squad but we know the games are coming thick and fast over the next few weeks.”

“I don’t know whether we’ll be able to do anything before the Blackpool game but I think most people would accept we need to bring people in to boost this squad in certain areas.”

Wouldn’t you think that the owner, after the side has now won 6 of the first 7 games and drawn the other – and has 6 wins on the trot, with 5 consecutive clean sheets in the league – that he would go all out to help Chris in his promotion bid by strengthening the squad?

Yes- but we don’t know what goes on in the mind of the owner – and we’re not even sure we want to find out.

But let’s be very clear – the squad is just not big enough to win promotion for us this year, and Chris is right to say we’ve been lucky with no big injury toll so far this season.

But if and when we do get those injuries, we’ll need to rely on untested youngsters at the club, and that’s hardly good planning for promotion.

We have every confidence in our youngsters, but filling out the squad with 3-4 good loan signings should see us through until January.

And if we are still top of the league by then, why not buy a couple of good players for reasonable fees for next season, while we are still a Championship club, because Premier league clubs are certainly taken to the cleaners in the transfer market.

Oh, and we’d also like to see at least a couple of top-class youngsters brought in during January, as the club hopefully continues to search for top young players around the world.

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23 comments so far

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Sep 14, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    hughton is class for us, he is very straight talking, i hope he feels very proud at what he and colin c have done, are mean defence is down to them

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  • stuart no9

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    the only person stopping us from winning the league is our owner , CH has been told there is no money to pay wages to loan players?B….KS wheres all the money from the sales gone

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    I like Chris…No Bull5hit and a decent communicator too.
    We do need some bodies for cover wether it happens or not remains to be seen over to you Mike you fat pig 🙂 zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • G

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Gossip column on football365 is quoting CH as becoming impatient with lack of progress in signings… try being a fan mate! Seriously tho, not a lot of info, but CH may be threatening to walk, however, it might just be a quiet news day so more tabloid speculation?

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5

    This division is a marathon not a sprint and our squad is only equipped for a sprint.

    That aside it was a great result and great defensive performance.

    We need as many points as possible now so when we have no players and go on a bad run we won’t go bottom.

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  • ArtyH

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Another case of Lions lead by DONKEY’S. Chris and C.C have done an unexpectedly great job…so far. Everyone needs a bit of luck a rub of the green whatever you like to call it, but it seems M.A is content to keep the pressure on the club by NOT making the funds available to Chris for team building. This can only go on for so long, then when injuries/suspensions loss of form hit we will struggle. Obviously we need some loans signings but it looks like there are no funds available to pay their wages, so Chris and Colin will be stuffed.
    The good thing is our great start to the season will be a great reference on Chris and Colins C.V.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Agree lads..all rosey right now but it is going to be a long hard season once injuries and suspensions start to kick in….Mike Ashley is an idiot for not buying any players in the last window…a total FOOL.

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  • lesh

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Amoeobi injured; Smith suspended and still no incomings?

    What’s it gonna take to wake MA up – an outbreak of bubonic plague in the squad?

    What price no incomers until near close of the window?

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  • batty

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    ASHLEY you fat c@nt get off your arse and do the decent thing either improve the the squad or fck off muppet ASHLEY OOT

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  • stevep

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Most clubs in the championship have fairly small squads – we already have shola, carroll and guiterez out with butt only just coming back and we’ve managed to cope fairly well.
    I’d like to see some signings but to say we can’t win the championship with current squad is being overly pessimistic (tho I might worry a bit if Enrique gets injured)

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  • HarryWorth

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    The good thing about the start to the season is that Newcastle are presently probably worth what the repulsive obese owner is asking for. If this situation should change and NUFC slide down the league then Ashley will be lucky to get 1/2 of what he wants for the club.
    Hopefully the teams great start will lead to a quick sale and the club aquiring some decent new owners who actually give a fook!

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  • ArtyH

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    batty, for heavens sake dont sit on the fence , say what you mean…..LOL

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  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s all too late for significant signings. Clubs only loan out players that are not in form, or not fitting in. You can strike lucky if they are crumbs from the Man U table, but most should be avoided.

    Ashley had the money from transfers out to help Chris in August, but he had no intention of helping him – and the money went straight into his back pocket (it certainly didn’t erode the overdraft). Then again MA did nowt in the January window either, so it’s no use expecting the man to change now.

    He wants out, and he is not going to pay a penny more than he needs to in the interim. So we have to get used to that until another owner takes over. It’s down to avoiding injuries and unnecessary bookings for the next four months (hello there Nicky and Joey).

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  • batty

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    i honestly think ashley is doing it on purpose because surely no 1 can be that stupid can they ?

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  • HarryWorth

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #15

    The good thing about the start to the season is that Newcastle are presently probably worth what the repulsive obese owner is asking for. If this situation should change and NUFC slide down the league then Ashley will be lucky to get 1/2 of what he wants for the club.
    Hopefully the teams great start will lead to a quick sale and the club aquiring some decent new owners who actually give a fcuk!

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  • ArtyH

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    JinkyGenius, exactly M8, well said.

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  • Stuart79

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    stevep // Sep 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Be realistic man!

    Other clubs might have the same size squad as us but their squad players are seasoned proffesionals who have played in the Championship.

    Our squad players are 18 years old and their only experience they have is reserve/youth team football.

    How can we expect these kids to come in and start geting us promoted?

    Any chance everyone on here can take their rose tinted glasses of and then open eyes?

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  • ArtyH

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Its hard to think of the best possible scenario.
    I the team do well M.A has all the time in the world to screw some potential buyer into the asking price. Then if the team do badly we have to put up with shite again, then we could go down again.
    Its all the owners fault through stupidity OR more likely out of spite!

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  • Nobby_Long

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #19

    JinkyGenius – please explain your comment ‘and the money went straight into his back pocket (it certainly didn’t erode the overdraft). ‘

    How did you deduce this?

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  • G

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Agreed Stuart79. We need men not boys (in a non homosexual way of course!)

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  • punk skunk...

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #21

    Aye GG7,
    credit to the Lads, all of them!..

    …Stu, bollox to the owner thing man, who cares?..

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 14, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22

    It is just insane what Mike has done…time and time a gain the FOR SALE sign goes up when a transfer window comes along.

    Like I have said time and time again £12m four decent players we would have walked back to the premiership with our ankles tied together.

    King Of The Bozo’s Award…Mike Ashley please stand up.

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  • baldynapper

    Sep 14, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #23

    I am so pleased with the full backs we have in simpson and Enrique. They both seem to be getting to grips with life in the fizzy.

    But although we have cover in R Taylor in right back I would be very very worried if Enrique is put out of action.

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