Chris Hughton Defends His January Signings


It seems  that Chris Hughton’s interview in the Newcastle Journal this morning is used to defend his signings in the transfer window just closed.

Chris Hughton – defends his signings

But we think for a Championship side the 4 permanent players we brought in are some of the best playing at this level – and we got good deals on all of them – in fact very good deals.

And there are a number of players in the Premier League now who started off by starring the in Championship – Manchester City’s Jolean Lescott is just one example.

To get good players into the squad you don’t have to pay ridiculous prices like Chelsea and Manchester City do.

And by the way all these top clubs – expect Arsenal – are under piles of debt – Manchester United are in £700M debt,  but news yesterday was that £100M will be given to Alex Ferguson for new players – completely ridiculous.

Where did the guys running these clubs get their financial and business educations? And we will not even mention Portsmouth or Crystal Palace.

A good example of a daft buy is Robinho – who looked out of his depth in the Premier League with Manchester City – and if he’s worth £32M then I’m the man in the moon.

Here’s what Chris said today:

“We have got good value for money and I believe the squad is in better shape now,”“It’s a difficult market to operate in. If you want to bring in established strong Premier League players it is going to cost you a lot of money.”

“But I am delighted with what we have done – I have no complaints about the backing I got from the owner.”

“It was not a case of bringing in players who will only do a job for us in the Championship.”

“Wayne Routledge has Premier League experience but Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson and Leon Best are players we feel can develop at the club.”

“Can they become regular Premier League players? That is up to the individual and how they develop.”

“But they are all a good age and for me, the most important thing is they all have ability and potential to develop into that kind of player.”

“It is up to us as well, of course. We have to coach them right and make sure we use them in the right way, but the most important thing is they have the ability.”

“For me it is more exciting to bring in players where you can see the potential. And of course they are very excited about being at Newcastle, because it is a fantastic club. The chance to establish themselves here is a big motivation.”

“Of course, the most important thing is to get into the Premier League – we have to get there first and these players know this division.”

They are solid buys for a club in the Championship, and should certainly improve our chances of promotion this season – which is job one.

And we expect most of the new players to be able to hold their own in the Premier League and improve their games at Newcastle.

Certainly Williamson, as one example, could be a top player in the PL, if he keeps playing like he has in his first two games on Tyneside, and Routledge has terrific ability and skills.

We are pleased that we have increased the squad by 6 players in January, and don’t forget we also have Joey Barton coming back in a couple of weeks.

We see the glass half full.

Comments welcome.



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22 comments so far

  • Darling27

    Feb 2, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Well done for a productive transfer window!!!

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 2, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #2

    No need to defend the players you bought Chris. 6 signings – Great!

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  • Martin33

    Feb 2, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #3

    I must say that what we have done during this trasfer window is way better than I expected. We do brought some quality player. Although Moses was a pity, that happens in football. You cannot bring every one you like. By the way, we are still pretty strong in middle filed.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #4

    The fact he feels he needs to defend them says it all.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #5

    We’re not talking about robinho, we’re taking another paltry 500k for Moses

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  • komfort

    Feb 2, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #6

    good signing that will probably get us promoted……next season they along with a good few others should be replaced with premiership qaulity players but they wont so we’ll be relegated…..

    ….but the good thing is they’ll probably get us promoted the season after…ect ect…

    ….a nailed on yo-yo club i’m affraid.

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  • lesh

    Feb 2, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    For goodness sake Rotonda heights and other critics……. when will you guys see the realities of football and the state of the worldwide economy?

    You all critcise Ashley [the club] for not spending mega-bucks but by the same token, you’d be the first to cry ‘mismanagement!’ if the club went belly up and folded.

    Open your eyes will you and just support the team as we’re in a better than expected position with a very good chance of promotion at the first go!

    If you want to support a big spending club, may I suggest you support Portsmouth!

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  • bournemag

    Feb 2, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8

    well said lesh

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  • listie

    Feb 2, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Lesh – spot on mate, compared to the last 4/5 windows, it is good to see that transfers have been planned and researched. People can bleat on about Moses or Beckford, but sometimes things are just not to be.
    My view on the new faces are
    Simpson – Solid player needs to start ot learn his craft now
    Williamson – Looks good, needs playing time, but expect him to get better the more he plays.
    Routledge – I like the look of him and finally some pace.
    Best – Don’t know too much about him but the way the CC fans are going mad about him leaving, he could turn out well

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  • Steved

    Feb 2, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #10

    I believe we have done well in the transfer Market, with some great potential and if we hadn’t of heard of the Moses deal we would have all been very happy ( bar a creative midfielder).

    There is no doubt that we have the quality in the squad to go up. As CH says its down to the coaching ! Why did he have to say that! its got me upset again.

    You can play a defensive style without playing route one football, its called counter attacking. Aston Villa – Man U are 2 teams that do this week in week out BUT THEY PASS THE BALL!!!.

    Sorry about that thought i had got ride of the frustration from the last game, I was wrong.

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 2, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Are they good signings ? Yes

    Considering CH hasnt paid more than 1.5 million for any of them, even the great Wenger would have struggled with the pathetic amount of money Ashley gave him.

    Are they good enough signings for Newcastle ?
    Of course not and dont even begin to kid your self!

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  • Davies

    Feb 2, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #12

    I like the permanent transfers we’ve made, but I do see a couple of them becoming fairly redundant next season if we’re in the Premier League.

    I wonder if Chelsea are ready to part with van Aanholt. He’s a belter at left back, but looks like he could play anywhere left of the centre spot. Hell of a shot on him too. Perhaps he could become what N’Zogbia should have become?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 2, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #13

    lesh I am all for wage ceilings and don’t want a return to the stupid allardyce signings on crazy contracts.

    But frankly the money spent on these journeymen plus selling carroll could have got us Moses and or skeljbred or huskelupp.

    i would rather give lua lua, vuksic and ranger a run rather than has beens and never wassers

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 2, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Overall for the financial position we are in & with the owner we’ve got not a bad transfer window. Only pity is we didn’t get a creative midfield player which we really need. But I still expect us to get promoted

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  • bri_2k4

    Feb 2, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #15

    some good signings in there wouldnt mind play van the man on the wing with jose at left back he has a lot more drive then guti has would love to see him play with jose though would be great and all of the signings were prity well thort of imo we needed a right winger we got one we needed defencive cover we got a few and desp needed a striker nd we got one not exactly the player we all wanted but he cant be bad hes score more goals then amiobi so lets hope he scores a few this season we never no he might be the number nine we have been looking for for years . 🙂

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  • Nick 69

    Feb 2, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #16

    they are all decent signings, for the league we are in now, my only concern is we’re not going to be in this league much longer, and will they cut it in the premiership?

    simpson- was on loan at blackburn in the prem and did absolutely nothing.

    routledge- has had several premiership clubs, didnt do much at any of them, although hes always had potential, but will he realise his full potential and make a go of it in the prem?

    williamson- couldnt get a single game in the worst team in the prem, why not? maybe hes not good enough to make the jump.

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  • listie

    Feb 2, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Nick 69

    Williamson didn’t play because if he did Pompy would have to have paid Watford more money, this has been covered loads, look back at other blog entrys

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  • komfort

    Feb 2, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #18

    listie….your right portsmouth would have had to pay additional money for him after playing a certain amount of games……the thing is he didn’t play any games !!!!…

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  • cgrizzly87

    Feb 2, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m fed up of hearing people bleating on about these signings not being good enough for the prem! Jeeeez everyone wrote Carr and Bowyer off look at them now, with Birmingham (a team full of low profile lower league players?!) on the best form in the Premiership.

    You guys need to grow up and realise that these signings are about cementing our place at the top of the championship. They are also decent enough to pad out the reserves and bench when we actually have the budget to buy big names and pay big wages next year.

    WE ARE ON A BUDGET! Geremi has over 100 caps and has played for Chelsea and Real Madrid, that reputation is well worth 5ok a week yes? EXACTLY!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 2, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Great transfer window.

    Routledge brings balance to our midfield, Best adds something different up front (and goals), and Williamson and Simpson sure up the defence.

    Who said Moses was that good anyway? If hes as good as Warnock thought why is he at Wigan….Man City paid 7 mill for Johnson instead of 2.5 for Moses.

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  • dave 1961

    Feb 2, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #21

    the only thing Hughton should manage is a circus as in his messing about he shows what a clown he is he is clueless, he makes the same mistakes time after time, and never learns, and worst of all its like watching paint dry, its the worst i have witnessed since Jack Chartons time. the signings are as bad as the 80’s. hughtons not up to the job because we are no better since the first game, hoof the ball up to the lone striker, even against ten men, i have seen drunks more rational than Hughton. i just hope at the end of the season he is big enough to admit the job is beyond him so we don’t have to sack him and start again, the entertainers are now the bore’s. boring boring Hughton.

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  • Sav

    Feb 3, 2010 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #22

    Don’t see how we could have lost on the Moses deal. Its my only beef with these January signings. A left winger/striker would be ideal. We could flog Jonas after the World Cup (we should anyway) and replace him with Moses whose stats of roughly 10 goals in 40 starts Palace, for a kid who creates as many as he scores is fantastic.

    Hughton’s claim, “Everyone knows we were interested in Victor and we tried to sign him but he decided to go to Wigan. Sometimes you can’t affect what happens. Every club has players that they target but don’t get.” doesn’t tell the whole truth. It implies Moses made the choice.
    The fact is, Ashley came up short on this one with Wigan investing another 5ook. Considering the massive support, the number of times we’re televised, the profits from previous sales and the cheap deals Hughton has put together for the club, Ashley is a tightwad and a mug to let this one get away. However, it augurs well that CH was as keen and excited over a player of this style and calibre as he evidently was.

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