Newcastle fans are the most passionate in the country, maybe even in the world.
Chris Hughton – no panic from the manager
And that passion often manifests itself in a feast or famine approach to things at Newcastle. Everything is either just great – or just terrible.
That will be demonstrated again tomorrow night – because we’ll be delighted with a win – but devastated with a defeat – well we will be in in any case. 😀
But Chris Hughton, who seems a patient man and working within the constraints placed on him by owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias, is certainly not panicking, although he will know about the Geordie fans’ current concerns.
It’s now January 26th and we’ve signed but a single player in Danny Simpson.
Chris told the Newcastle Journal this morning, when asked if his transfer plans had been submarined:
“No, our transfer plans are not in tatters,” “It’s part and parcel of this period in time and I’m no different to any other manager.”
“There might be the top clubs able to pinpoint exactly who they want and go out and get them, but for the rest it’s not as straightforward and there are always going to be difficulties.”
“You’re working around the type of player you want to bring in, the other options they have and can you guarantee that player first-team football. We’re still trying to get the targets we have in mind.”
“It changes with circumstances and that is all we can do. We feel we’ll be doing some business in the next few days and finish this window with the amount of players we need to go through until the end of the season.”
But with losing out on top targets Kilgallon (who had the ultimate cheek to go to Sunderland) and Jermaine Beckford, and with recent target Marlon Harewood not available because of his recently sustained foot injury, which will keep him out of action for up to 3 months, Chris is still not panicking, as he explained:
“I didn’t expect things to go particularly smoothly, that’s the nature of this window. It’s been a busy month, players become available you didn’t think were available and you include those in the equation, are they players you want, are you hanging on for others.”
“There are so many things, but I don’t think that we’ve hit the wall. It’s my job to make sure that even in this week, the priority is to get a result against Crystal Palace, around that there’s all this other work that needs to be done.”
“We can’t afford to panic, certainly come the end of the (window) we’ll have the number of players in the squad that we need to have. We’re doing everything we can.
“Ideally you identify the player and bring them in, it can work out that way, but invariably it doesn’t and there’s so much needs to be done. A fee has to be agreed, a player’s got to be happy to come, there are so many different conversations to a deal and players become available to throw a spanner in the works.”
Things will improve significantly if we can bring Mike Williamson in from Poprtsmouth, and then we will need another striker and perhaps a creative midfileder.
And when January runs out, we can still bring in some loan signings – maybe even young Jack Wilshere from Arsenal?
But we have to ensure that if we bring in another striker, he has to be better than what we already have in Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Carroll and young Nile Ranger.
Comments from Sweden suggest that Malmo’s Edward Ofere, who we reported on last night, is just not good enough for Newcastle United.