Newcastle United’s newly-appointed manager Chris Hughton has been assured that he will be backed in the January transfer market by Mike Ashley.
Mike Ashley – arriving at the Benton training grounds by helicopter
That’s the news today after Chris met with both Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias at the Benton training headquarters yesterday to tell Chris, the coaching staff and the players that he was going to be staying at the club.
And that means that Hughton will get the chance to bolster a meager squad which currently has 3 players on loan at the club, Danny Simpson, Zurab Khizanishvili and Marlon Harewood.
Ashley is said to have spent almost 10 hours on Tyneside yesterday after flying into the club’s Benton headquarters in his private helicopter.
Ashley watched a behind-closed-doors friendly against Celtic which United lost 3-2, but young Nile Ranger scored his first goal for a while and Alan Thompson believes that will do our young striker the world of good – maybe a first senior goal Monday night – hope so.
Mike announced that £20M would be injected into the club from his own personal money, and apparently that is money given to the club by Mike, so we have to applaud him for that – even though that’s hard to do. 😀
So the really good news, now that we are recovering a little form the ridiculous statement issued by Ashley last night, is that Hughton will indeed be able to make some real signings in January.
A Newcastle insider said today:
“The money will go into the pot to buy new players, but also some of it will be poured into the scouting network and elsewhere around the club.”
“Chris will have a major say in what players he wants to bring in, and already has his own ideas on how he wants to play it in the January window.”
That’s a good use of the money since we need to continue with the scouting of young talent we started almost two years ago.
It’s paying off with young players like Nile Ranger and Tamas Kadar already coming through on Tyneside, and others still too young right now, like Haris Vuckic and Brad Inman, who can make it in the future.
Hopefully we’ll see more young lads coming to Toon in January, but this time Chris Hughton will be in charge of it all – with no Director of Football to interfere with things.
Chris has been restricted to loan signings so far, as well as the free transfer arrival of Peter Lovenkrands in August, but it looks like that will change in January, which now promises to be an exciting time for Newcastle fans.
Although we have to point out there’ still nothing wrong with loan signings, as we get a chance to take a look at the players before making the plunge with transfer fees.
So this even looks a little like Ashley is starting to do the right things – if only he would employ a Chairman who knew what he was doing – that would be the next (good) step for Mike to make.