More Stability At The Newcastle Club Now – Hopefully


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.

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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.

Chris continued:

“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.

Chris added:

“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.

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10 comments so far

  • lesh

    Oct 28, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #1

    An optimistic article Ed and oh were things to pan out for the all-round good of the club and the whole NUFC footballing community.

    As usual, George Caulkin’s telling it like it is and he may provide some insight into potential for the £20m injection.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article6893843.ece

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  • tynesider

    Oct 28, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #2

    CH you are dreaming if you think you will have any say in any changes in the way the club is run, you are MAs cheap yes man & will do as you are told

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  • G

    Oct 28, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #3

    @ lesh, I haven’t read the article as the timesonline is blocked from work, but does he suggest that the 20M will be used to service the overdraft by any chance? By my reckoning 20M would be about right.

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  • Filthy Malcolm

    Oct 28, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #4

    There will NEVER any stability at Newcastle as long as the fat retard owns the club. It doesn’t matter if he appoints a top manager on a 10 year contract, Ashley is incapable of running a football club.

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  • Mags

    Oct 28, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #5

    I do not have your faith Ed and cannot see any stability whatsoever whilst that bloke remains in ownership. Mark my words, he will be either sacking Hughton or putting the club back up for sale in Jan to avoid spending any money.

    He is a Philistine.

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  • lesh

    Oct 28, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #6

    G@3, you’ve got it in one! Here’s the relevant paragraph from the Times artice:

    “(One point: nobody should start playing fantasy football with the £20m which Ashley has stated he will be ploughing back into the club. Now that Newcastle are officially off the market, Barclays will insist that their overdraft, which recently stood at £22m, is kept to the £10m level they insist upon for Coca Cola Championship clubs. Heady activity in the transfer market remains desperately unlikely).

    If MA or Llambias say it is for the transfer kitty, then of course there’s always the possibility that they no longer tell porkies!

    Happy days

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 28, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #7

    dont believe a f…..g word we must try to get this fat c,,t out before there is no more Newcastle United

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  • nkjhuntz

    Oct 28, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Well im a bit unhappy with peoples and the medias reaction to this news, im sure i will get flamed down for this but i think this is the best news since relegation day.

    MA staying, CH taking charge after proving himself. MA made a bit of tits up with the handling of the sale as such, but he has the best resources to take our club forward regardless of how hard it is to get it off of him.

    none of the people interested could come up with the 80 M now quoted to buy the club, so how on earch were they going to re-structure, bring the club forward, invest in new players, pay Alan Shearer’s wages??? Borrow money? cause more debts? If im not mistaken the club is in its best financial postion it has ever been in. Deadwood has been removed from the squad, we have a successful friend of the players manager now, players who want to play, a very wealthy man in charge and investing, do we need fan happy transfers in? 2 or 3 players is all it will need and our continued support.

    As for the re-naming of the stadium, so what, tradition or progression via more sponsorship money…. Arsenal got 100M over 15 years for theirs, we wont get that but you see where im going 🙂

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  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 28, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Remove this Deceitful Cancerous Vermin from the club..SCUM.

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  • ObaMartins

    Oct 28, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Stability ?? are you serious…he treats us Supporters like shit, i wont be going to another match or buying any Club merchandise till that Fat rat sells up…..

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