Chris Hughton has come out and said that getting Newcastle back into the Premier League this season is job one for the club.
Chris Hughton – job one is promotion
Chris said today:
“I made the decision before the game because we’ve got players with a few little niggles, and lads that have been involved in most of the games so far,”
“I either played them with a risk of them getting injured or field a side of youngsters. ” “We knew it would be tough with the side we put out. In the end it was too much for them.”
“The performance in the first half was not good enough. We allowed them too much possession and gifted them two goals.”
“We know we rode our luck, but certainly I wanted a better performance.” “I never spoke to the owner (Mike Ashley) about the team selection. I have to protect the vulnerable ones in our squad.”
“There is no doubt promotion is the biggest target this season. ” “But I don’t want to look upon the cup competitions as something we would be glad to be out of.”
“We would prefer to be in the hat for the next round. If we had won the game tonight it would have given us a big lift ahead of Saturday’s game.”
It would have been good to have been able to get through the round on the backs of our youngsters but it wasn’t to be – but quite honestly we’re not too upset about it – as long as we beat Ipswich Town on Saturday.
And the news being reported fairly widely today, is that Barry Moat is more confident than ever, that he close the deal with Ashley, and soon.
It may well be before the Internationals break, in less than two weeks that Barry has become the new owner.
The only spanner in the works is the Kevin Keegan claim against the club, but whatever happens, we have to hope (and pray) that doesn’t upset the deal, which is why we were more than a little critical of Keegan pushing for the his maximum claim of £10M against the club this week.
In all of this stuff, the club just must come first, for a change.
And it’s certain that Moat will immediately bring in Alan Shearer as manager, so we’ll have a long term manager and back-room staff in place and could well attract new players in January.
Of course the main thing is to keep winning games, but the new owner will have 7 weeks before the loan window closes on November 25th, so we have to hope that new players can still be brought in.
Last night proved that the squad is just not big enough to be able to maintain the excellent start we have made in the league and still needs strengthening.