With Mike Ashley staying and Chris Hughton the manager for the next 18 months, at least we now have a little stability at the club, even if we do still have the worst club owner in football.
Chris Hughton – some stability now
Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The most important thing for me is to rise to the challenge of getting good results which will take us back to the Premier League.”
“There are a lot of issues around us and we need to see what has to be done.” “But at the moment it’s very much back to work and on to the training field.”
“Getting the Newcastle job has made me very proud.” “But the reality of things are that we still have a tough game against Sheffield United and we need to continue our preparations.”
Hughton was in talks yesterday with owner Mike Ashley, after the Newcastle owner had decided to take the club off the market, and Chris would have been told how much money is available to him in January and to bring in more loan players possibly before then.
“The decision was obviously based on the club being taken off the market.” “But to get the job is obviously testament to the position we are in.”
“What we now have the chance to do is continue our momentum.” “There will always be a lot of speculation surrounding a big club like Newcastle.”
“But that has gone now as we know who the owner is and the manager. They know where they are now.” “And with the club now off the market it is very much a case of me getting on with job.”
“I met Mike and Derek yesterday and they told me that the stance they were taking was looking to the future. We can now endorse that with the results we get on the field.”
Not only the playing staff, but also the coaching staff has been very small this season, which is another reason the coaches at the club have done so well – so far.
That’s probably to keep the wage bill down, but with the excellent attendances at St. James’ Park we may start to look better off financially, and with £20M being put into the club’s coffers by Ashley himself, we should be in decent shape soon.
But we have to admit we don’t know exactly what the£20M is for – is it a loan from Mike or is it his money being donated directly to the club? Is it all available for transfers? We just don’t know right now.
Hughton will continue to work with assistant Colin Calderwood and goalkeeping coach Paul Barron, reserve team manager and local lad Alan Thompson, and Academy Director Richard Money, and he may add to the coaching staff shortly.
“Once I get my feet under the table a bit more I will look at the decisions that must be made to take the club forward in the long term.”
“The structure will need to be looked at and we will see what I need to change.” “But we have good staff around us here.”
If Chris does have significant transfer funds for the January window we could sign up both Danny Simpson and Zurab Khizanishvili, both of whom have proved their worth, and seem to love it at Newcastle.
We don’t think Marlon Harewood is as good as we already have at the club, and we think his loan spell will complete in a couple of months, and then Shola Ameobi should be fit again and raring to go.
It would be good to buy another couple of players in January – maybe an experienced utility defender who can play across the back line (including at center-back), and another winger would be good.
Another couple of loan players wouldn’t be too bad either – to increase the size of the squad and go all out for promotion.