Hughton’s Hands Are Tied On Permanent Transfers


Chris Hughton can only do so much in the uncertainty that has surrounded Newcastle United since he took over as interim manager once again on July 1st.

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Chris Hughton – no say in permanent transfers


That’s not to say the man hasn’t performed miracles with the squad of players Newcastle have been left with, but with our 3 loan signings, it’s  hardly surprising they are  intimating they would all love to stay on Tyneside permanently, but that’s something that Chris cannot control.

He has no idea who may own the club next week, and who the manager will be – so as we’ve said he’s performed miracles on Tyneside these last 3 months, and long may it continue.

Chris has given the players a few days off this week as a well-deserved break following their much better than expected start to the promotion campaign in August, but we have to keep it up of course.

After the fantastic display and win at Ipswich, the side dropped off badly and could take only 2 points from their two home games, which is hardly what we expect or need  this season.

Chris said today:

“I haven’t had any contact with the owner and we are still waiting for a statement which either says the club has been sold or it is not going to be sold,”

“Until that happens, all we can do is focus on the here and now. That occupies at least 95% of my thoughts.

“We do try to plan for the long term, but in reality we can’t do very much because of the situation here. We have got three players in on loan and we have been delighted with all three of them so far.”

“They have all made a contribution.” “But in terms of looking at turning them into permanent transfers we have not thought about it.”

“I don’t know what will happen in January in that respect. That is all very much on hold and all I can do is work with the players that I have now and try to make sure we continue as we have been doing.”

Unfortunately we may be in for a new silly season with the sale of Newcastle, as we see new headlines each day on some new group interested, but we have to question a lot of these stories.

We’ve looked back on what happened a year ago when the club was first up for sale, and we’d say about 90% of the stories turned out to be bogus – yes that many.

And even then there was a South African link in the stories – history seems to repeat itself, doesn’t it?

And Hughton has just had to ignore all these stories every day in the press, and get his players to do the same, and concentrate only on their football, and getting the results the club needs this season.

And he’s done just great and if it had been Kevin or Alan in charge, people would have been going on about how really wonderful managers they were – but Chris hasn’t really deserved too many accolades, as most supporters are still thinking – can he keep it up?

Wouldn’t it be something if he can and Newcastle runs away with the league – but we get ahead of ourselves (once again). 😀

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8 comments so far

  • komfort

    Oct 8, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    the club is over priced and wont be sold….if we get promoted there wont be any investment and it’s relegation again.

    …were probably better off staying in this division and winning a few games…it’s a sad reality.

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  • premier

    Oct 8, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Good job Barton and Ameobi back in the new year!!

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  • komfort

    Oct 8, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    ..but then again i may get out of bed tomorrow and have a differnt view……this club is bad for your health.

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  • Ericles

    Oct 8, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Chris is doing well under the circumstances. Especially considering the absurd existential scenario fat Ashley is imposing on club, players and fans.

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  • Sav

    Oct 8, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #5

    I wish I could ignore it and get on with things as readily as Hughton. But while that greedy, useless, trailer-trash owns the club, its one big, shitty, badly-behaved elephant in the room.
    Ashley Out!

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Oct 8, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #6

    I think the plan has to be this:

    Little/no investment in january (extension of loans or new loans) + youth players to get us promoted. Is this a bit of a gamble? Yes… but we can probably pull it off (noone else is performing consistently very well in the league this year).

    Summer 2010: Let Geremi and Butt go, and sell Ameobi (simply too injury prone). Sign Simpson on a free so we have him permanently.

    Leaves us a squad of (backup in parenthesis):

    GK: Harper, (Krul, Foster)

    LB: New LB (Enrique)
    RB: New RB (Simpson)

    CB: Taylor, Coloccini, (New CB, Kadar)

    LW: Jonas, (new LW)
    RW: New RW, (R. Taylor)

    CM: Nolan, A. Smith, (Barton, Guthrie)

    ST: New ST (big&strong), New ST (quick), (Carroll, Ranger, Løvenkrands)

    This means that next summer we will cut wages and bring in a few million pounds by releasing Butt, Geremi, and Ameobi.

    We will, however, need to go out and buy:

    Starting RB
    Starting LB
    Backup CB
    Starting RW
    Backup LW
    Striker
    Striker

    This is what we need to get back where we belong; top half and pushing for Europe. This might be a large layout… but given that we have not invested in the playing squad for several transfer windows in a row now, this will be necessary. If we do so, I believe we have a very strong team.

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  • tripp

    Oct 8, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Hughton is the right man for the position we’re finding ourselves in. It all comes down to temperment and CH has the right one. A more ego driven manager, great as he might be, wouldn’t put up with the vast amounts of nonsense going on ATM. Chris is showing some great qualities and he’s showing that he’s learning on the tactics and team selections. He’s also learning how to balance a solid, but VERY lean, unbalanced squad (too many CMs, too few wingers/LB). His loan choices have all looked excellent thus far. Kudos to the man, this season could have easily gone pear shaped from day one. It still could, of course, but I think CH has all of us breathing a bit easier about the performances on the pitch. The club side of things, is a shambles. We should just ignore it (we’ve no control over any of this shite anyways) and get on with the season.

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  • chuck

    Oct 8, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Not good news, thought Ashley would have the foresight to realize the club needs strengthening,
    either by permanent signings or loanees .
    There `s a long way to go in this division and a good start does`nt guarantee anything.
    My fear is Ashley will gamble as he did last season, by selling our best players in order to reduce the wage bill and this season will fail to strengthen the side in order to gain promotion.
    A PL team will always bring a bigger price than a tier two side, wanna try another gamble you may regret Mike ?

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