Hughton To Get January Funds – Moat Close To Buying Club

The Sunday Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton will be handed his first transfer funds of the season in January.

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Chris – will get some funds in January

And that good news is further enhanced by the news that Tyneside businessman Barry Moat may have his £80M takeover of the club accepted this week.

That’s what’s being reported today in the Sunday Mirror, and we did report ourselves on Friday that the relatively small payment made to Kevin Keegan will only help accelerate the sale of the club, and the departure of the disgraced Mike Ashley.

There are reports that Mike Ashley (right) is ready to fund Hughton after the constructive dismissal case with Kevin Keegan and since a sum of £8M had been part of the Newcastle business plan as a possible pay-out to Keegan, the remaining funds will be given to Hughton to strengthen the squad in January, either with direct signings (such as Danny Simpson), or additional loan signings.

But we are really not too interested in having Ashley around for that length of time, since his reputation and standing at Newcastle following the arbitration decision, is now at its lowest level ever – and that’s saying something.

The Mirror is reporting that both Ashley and Moat are agreed that team strengthening in January would be a good move that could produce big dividends at the end of the season. Wow – what a concept.

Chris Hughton has signed Danish international Peter Lovenkrands and brought in loan players Danny Simpson, Marlon Harewood and Zurab Khizanishvili, and has Newcastle 3 points clear at the top of the table, even though with 2 home wins in the last 5 days that figure could well now be 7 points.

But Ashley knows that with a couple of additional signings, Newcastle could bounce straight back into the Premier League.

We have tyo hope that Ashley will sell the club quickly, and then the new owners and Chris can extend the support system so the club can bounce straight back into the Premier League.

There’s nothing like having everybody rowing in the same direction for the sake of the club – which must now come first from now on – in front of any personalities who may be at the club – or their inflated egos.

Here’s hoping.

14 comments so far

  • chestnut

    Oct 4, 2009 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #1

    5 mil for transfer window?… THE RIGHT BUY: 5 potential Messis & C Ronaldos for 1 mil each, groom them under CH, we will be ready to storm the premiership in 3 years time. THE WRONG BUY: 5 mil for another michael owen type & end up in lower leagues in future successive seasons. BM & CH potentially best owner-manager partnership for our club. we don’t need Messiahs & loud but empty talks no more… just do the job professionally.

  • inselaffe

    Oct 4, 2009 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #2

    believe it when it happens…

  • Ericles

    Oct 4, 2009 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #3

    There is a bit of a contradition here. More Mirror speculation? If Ashley sells soon to Moat then it will be Shearer as manager. It will be Moat who decides Janauary funds therefore? If Ashley agrees limited funds for Chris for January the implication is that Moat is not buying soon and Ashley is staying. What a mish mash! One to watch this week – which means the SSDD.

  • buda boom

    Oct 4, 2009 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #4

    I would not give Hughton 50 pence to spend in the transfer window. His managerial skills are zero. I sat through another ninety minutes of the most ugliest football ever seen at St james.
    I have revolutionary idea for him and calderwood completely out the box thinking. Get the players to practise passing the ball to each other at training. You never know they might do it in a game as well.

    If we can stay in the top half of the table till january 1st then with a spend and whatver the departure of Butt and geremi frees up we might get a squad that can make the play offs.

    Ed you did an article earlier this week saying we were blessed with midfield talent. i disagreed. Have you now changed your opinion. Smudger apart the other four tried yesterday were awful awful awful

  • Chitty Chitty Baheng Baheng

    Oct 4, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #5

    We do still need that bit of class in midfield.

    There’s a young Serbian lad called Milan Smiljanic who Espanyol signed not so long ago but he hasn’t appeared this season as his club did not register him as part of their squad.

    He is a player of huge potential to be a Xabi Alonso-esque player in that he is defensively sound and can ping passes about the pitch almost at will.

    We could definitely have him on loan immediately and a permanent option in the contract would make a sweet deal for the club.

    Sadly there are no clips on youtube for him so they won’t know about him. 😀

  • Ericles

    Oct 4, 2009 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Buda Boom has a serious point here. We are throwing away valuable points at home to teams we should run rings around. I agree about Hughton’s complete lack of imagination. OK, this division is no pushover but we are playing down to that style when we should be the ones to emulate!

  • Nick D

    Oct 4, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Buda boom I fear it may be the calderwood factor more than Hughton, as Calderwood makes Allardyce teams look like Brazil !!

    You never see our players in triangles and supporting each other, it’s just hoof it to carroll or whoever. Granted we haven’t got any creative midfield players which is a very damning indictment, but that’s what a collective of Allardyce, kinnear et al will do to you.

  • Darling27

    Oct 4, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #8

    We need a left back.

  • GS

    Oct 4, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #9


    I listened to the game today because i still can’t get Newcastle United out of my system. It was even frustrating on the radio/internet. If it was easy to find Ronaldos and Messis for 1 million, don’t you think every club would do it.

    Then look at West Ham. They brought through half the England squad – Lampard, Cole, Carrick, Defoe, Johnson – Gerrard, Stanley Matthews and Shane Warne (who moved to Australia afterwards and took up cricket), and then signed two good Argentine internationals (unlike us). They are still not successful.

  • GS

    Oct 4, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Nick D:

    we did have that Turkish dwarf one time who was always injured. He was creative but he was always injured. And Laurent Robert who was mad as a hatter. And always injured. Do you remember in his last game he took his shorts off and ponced around the pitch? Very creative, nes pas?

  • GS

    Oct 4, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    And CCBB:

    What are you talking about? A player that nobody has ever heard of, not even playing for a second class Spanish side, he’s not even registered and you want us to buy him?. We should pay 10 million for him then as long as he has got a stupid perm.

    Oops, we already bought him and he plays centre half.

  • stk85

    Oct 4, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #12

    im sorry, but hughton should be kept as coach and that should be it. he has steadied a already battered and half sunk ship, but i feel our league position is mainly due to the vast gulf between prem and championship, not hughtons managerial prowess. look at west brom, prime case.

    to make me even angrier ive read all this keegan stuff started over a fall out about gareth barry. imagine what couldve been…. that 3 pronged attack and no more nicky butt in our midfield. oh well.

    we need a young manager to come in for the next 5 years, a proper manager. either shearer, darren ferguson or dare i say it… get keegan back in, give him what he wants, leave him alone.

    non of this is helping my will power to give up smoking!!!!

  • chuck

    Oct 4, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #13

    It`s time we were making some serious plans to-wards rebuilding a badly depleted side.
    Believe we should be on a heavy duty scouting mission, throughout both the UK and the continent, especially France and the Balkans, where a lot of to-days young talented players are found.
    I am sure there are also younger players in the bigger club systems, Simpson, Johnson and Oanuahu, (spelling ?)@ Citeh.
    Players who have lots of potential but due to lack of opportunity may prefer to go to a side that can provide a first team opening.
    We did well with N`Zogbia and Bassong and with a little luck and a few bob could improve this team to at least survive that first season back if promoted.
    It has to begin now, there are only two windows in which to act, I hope there is an awareness of the situation, to do nothing at this time could be an enormous mistake.

  • Sav

    Oct 5, 2009 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #14

    “And that good news is further enhanced by the news that Tyneside businessman Barry Moat may have his £80M takeover of the club accepted this week.”
    Ed, that news is not ‘further enhanced’, it is clearly CONTRADICTED by the news that Moat will be buying.
    Ed, for an intelligent fellow you are prepared to swallow the most shameless lies spouted by a disgraced regime with clearly no better purpose than to imply KK robbed the club, simply because it suits your own prejudice. How many times do you have to be told that this lot are a pack of congenital liars? How much evidence do you need with your own eyes that they have no intention of putting any money into the club if they can help it? We’ve had enough lies and BS, Ed. Its high time you started being more selective and printing two reports which are mutually exclusive as ‘Good news’ and ‘more good news’ is plainly ridiculous.
    Enough with the pork pies!


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