Recent Announcement Has Galavanized The Players

As we had pointed out yesterday having Ashley staying at the club and Chris Hughton as full time manager does help the stability of the club.

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Chris Hughton – more stability at the club

We are even hoping that Ashley may mend his ways a bit, but that might be asking too much – but surely this man has some common sense in him, and he can start doing some of the right things?

Well, maybe not.

We have a tough game at Bramall Lane on Monday night, and it’s another game we must go all out to win – and it looks like the side has been galvanized  by the recent developments earlier this week.

Chris said today:

“I feel a sense of pride at managing a great club. It’s a very proud moment for me. What it does is give this club the stability it needs in managerial terms.”

“Also, the sale of the club has been high in the headlines over the last year, but the fact we can now look forward and plan for the future on and off the pitch is something this club has needed. It’s a way of looking forward.”

“You try not to make it a major distraction and try to focus on what happens on the football pitch. But distractions are always very much there in the domain of the players and it’s certainly a better situation if you don’t have that.”

“The figures mentioned (Ashley’s promise of £20M investment) are figures that would have had to be invested in the club anyway because of the normal running costs with a very high wage bill.”

“That was expected anyway but I have been told the club will as much as possible back me in my endeavors in the transfer market to develop this squad over a period of time, and in bringing in the right type of loan players. I will get support from the board.”

Well that doesn’t sound too good does it?  But we knew it would be hard to balance the books this season because of the huge wage bill we still have at the club, although the average home gates of 41,000 will be helping the cash flow this season.

And  if anybody ever doubted the support the Newcastle club enjoys – there is no just doubt this season with the magnificent support the lads have been receiving – home and away.

It makes us proud to see how great the supporters have been this season – and their nerves are a lot stronger than ours – that’s for sure. 😀

With the cash flow problem the club has, that’s another reason we want to get back to the Premier League quickly – any longer than one season down in the second division could cause us more chronic cash flow problems – but it looks like we can manage this season, with Ashley presumably willing to fund what’s needed.

Of course the big thing is to strengthen the squad and even though that 20M was said by an unnamed  club official to be for new players and to strengthen the scouting squad – we’ll have to wait and see.

What happens in January will tell us if Mike Ashley has changed his ways – we hope so.

12 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Oct 30, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    the sooner chairmen realise that caretaker managers arent all they seem to be just because of a ‘good’ start (good in terms of not getting any worse than what the other man was doing)
    THEN the better. look at roedant (glenn roeder)

    its time to make a long term plan and hire someone with a vision and some obvious skill in managing a high profile football club

  • Purely Belter

    Oct 30, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    but im still a fool for newcastle and will support till the end…

    go back to london u Twat mike

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Oct 30, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Yep stablility with a yes man ‘leading’ the team. The fact that the likes of Butt and Smith were keen for him to get the gig shows who is actually running the team.

    Only Newcastle could appoint a manager after a run of 5 points (3 very lucky) from a possible 15 – 3 games at home. this is more like relegation form.

    There can be no stability until FAtArse and his cronies leave. Come January, I see the likes of Colo, Krul, Enrique and Carrol leaving – as Ashley cashes in once again on any asset. And CH will accept ot like the pro he is !!!!

  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 30, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #4

    ” back me in my endeavors in the transfer market to develop this squad over a period of time, and in bringing in the right type of loan players. I will get support from the board.”
    Loan players? well thats the 20m transfer myth shattered then.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #5

    The 20m transfer lies where apparent when CH was questioned about it on skysports yesterday.

    SSN”Chris is the 20m for Players?”
    His reply was total WAFFLE…He knows that is Bull.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #6

    You seen it as well Bob.

  • Johno Toon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    bigbadbob where did it say that 20 mil was for soley transfers?

    Think it was said it was for tranfers and improving our scouting network.

    And why would we want to spend 20 mil on players who prob wouldnt be good enough for the premiership if we got promoted?

  • giimps

    Oct 30, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #8

    To be fair though, even if he has been given the 20m, he wants to keep it quiet, if only to keep the price of any prospective players down.
    If other teams think he has cash, they will just up the price or deny us the chance of loaning.
    I think he`s doing the right thing (keeping low key) about the amount promised, we`l see on feb 1st how well he has been backed!!

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Oct 30, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #9


    It has been aparent to everyone that our squad has been decimated since FatAsh took over. I agree with getting rid of dead wood like ExEMO and Viduka, but seeing the likes of Obi, Milner, Given. Zog and Bassong sold for profit with no replacement just does not make sense for now or the future. You must agree that loans only suit the loaning club – if he is crap what have they lost (got him off the payroll for a period) or if he is good, his price goes up or the loaning team take him back and use him.

  • Johno Toon

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #10


    I agree the players we have lost have not been replaced, but Martins and Bassong left due to us been relegated and us having to balance the books due to that ( why we got relegated us another matter ). The two players we missed the most i think r zogs and milner , even tho zogs attitude was shocking he was a good player and we do lack width.

    I think we have a good enough team to get out of the league this season and I just feel a couple more loan signings is the way to go unless we get a couple of good young players into the squad.

    Weather or not our transfer policy will change when we get up is a different matter, I would like ashley to change his ways and start running the 1st team properly interms of recuritment but I wouldnt hold my breath on that matter

  • UTD111

    Oct 30, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #11

    We’ll see how “galvanised” they are on Monday night…..

  • pubcat

    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #12

    I hope that we the young players can really develop this season, as that will be a major boost if we do have to spend another year in the Championship. If we lost some experienced players to Prem clubs, it wouldn’t seem so bad if we can hold onto to the youngsters. The injury to Vuckic might be a mixed blessing as it could stop any potebtially interested clubs trying to get him in January?

    Anyway, that’s a worse case scenario and we can still make it up this season. One player I think we should try to make permanent is Simpson (maybe 3M?). We might be able to extend Zurab’s loan, and Harewood can go once Amoebi is fit again.


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