Hughton And Ashley Will Come Together In The Summer

Lee Clark, a local lad and the former Newcastle player and coach,  is also just like the rest of us Newcastle fans, and is more than happy with the way Newcastle have played this season, and the position the club now occupy at the top of the Championship.

Lee Clark – Huddersfield manager and Newcastle fan

And Clark has been talking to the local Evening Chronicle today about the Newcastle club:

“This season Newcastle have done well to avoid drifting away.”

“They deserve a lot of credit for what they have achieved and the players and the staff have been magnificent.”

“It is hats off to all of the players and staff there.”

“They were in a shocking situation at the start of the season, and the way that they have responded and been so professional has been tremendous.”

But Lee also feels that investment and a further regrouping at the club will be vital, as he continued:

“They have to regroup again and build up the squad for next season. All of that is far from easy.”

“I don’t think any team which goes up as Champions from the Championship can just do what we did back then and go straight into the top four of the Premier League.”

“Next season they will have to keep it steady.” “We would all love to see Newcastle back into the top six or eight, but the reality is that will be very difficult indeed.”

“They can rebuild, and if they can find a mid-table position they can then build on that the next season.”

“If they go into it on that basis it could be deemed a success for Chris Hughton. I think Chris and Mike Ashley will come together in the summer and bring in the right people.”

There seems a certain type of positive energy at the moment with Newcastle fans, especially as we are getting hints as to who Chris wants to bring in to strengthen the squad this summer.

From we’ve seen he’s targeting some decent players, like Jamie O’Hara and Tom Cleverley.

If they can be as successful in the summer as they were in the January transfer window, then we’ll be in good shape.

Both Ashley and Hughton are well aware that the squad needs strengthening and we think they’ll get the job done this summer.

We hope so in any case.

And don’t hold your breath waiting for Ashley to sell the club as is indicated in a rather daft story in the Daily Mirror this morning – about Newcastle players’ wages being reduced next season –  there’s just no way Ashley is selling now.

Comments very welcome.

9 comments so far

  • geordie jock

    Mar 11, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Why is it that Ashley seems to be flavour of the month at the moment and saviour of our football club. I think a lot of supporters and also you Ed have a very short memory regarding what Ashley has done to our club. Alright i know he has put £35 mil into the club and is supposed to be putting in another £10 mil but he did actually buy the club so why shouldn’t he put money in. Most people think the story in todays Daily Mirror is rubbish but think long and hard before you dismiss it because this is just the sort of thing Ashley WOULD do. BEWARE.

  • Aza9

    Mar 11, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #2

    All of the signings we made in the january window were all not rumored or mentioned except for maybe Williamson. Nobody in the media or otherwise new anything about Routledge, Best, VanAnnholt or hall. So i expect more of the same in the summer, going about our business fairly quietly with a few surprises along the way hopefully.

    In terms of the players wages being reduced i think its highly likely for the high earners to be offered reduced terms in their contract extensions. Nolan, Colo, Barton, Smith and Jonas i expect will be asked to sign new deals with these reduced rates and if they don’t want to then they will be sold.

  • OHurley

    Mar 11, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #3


    I could see this happening too. I don’t think it’s unfair, though. I mean, sure players who help a team get promoted from the fizzy pop to the premiership should be rewarded, but let’s not forget that these players are ALREADY ON premiership wages and have not, I repeat HAVE NOT, proven themselves in the premiership. Take Colo for instance. He’s on, what? 70k a week? Is this necessary? I mean, he should be on 50k or less. I don’t think we have a single player in our squad that deserves 70k/week. Hopefully they’ll know this and have a canny mind to stick around and prove themselves inthe EPL.

  • OHurley

    Mar 11, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #4


    I DO think our players deserve a LOT, though. They’re great players with a lot of heart. We just don’t need to spend what we’re spending on them. Hopefully they know this.

  • G

    Mar 11, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #5

    @Geordie jock, I don’t think MA is flavor of the month, but I think most fans have accepted the point that financialy speaking the wheels have fallen off on football recently, so people have generally accepted that we are stuck with him… If you do just happen to know any eccentric billionaires out there who are happy to pour wadds into a clearly crap investment, then point them our way. Otherwise, this is our lot. We have to accept it (for now at least) otherwise you might as well start wearing black, invest in some eye liner and listen to ‘My Comical Low Pants’ or whatever they are called, because it’s looking bleak out there right now.

  • G

    Mar 11, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Can I also just add that the headline of this thread has left me with a very traumatic mental image! Pass the yellow pages, I need therapy!

  • derekm

    Mar 12, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Do NUFC fans still hate Ashley for who he is
    ( cockney ) or what he is ( bit of a geezer ) or the mistakes he has made?
    We’ve had geordie owners in the shape of fat fred who we now know would have bankrupted us – no argument, so the cockney thing is irrelevant. If a sheik came in there would’nt be the fuss around him running it from the middle east that’s for sure. The geezer thing goes with his business – lower end retail ( about to boom in world cup year I might add) so he’s getting richer again. And finally the mistakes. he’s admitted them, apologised to us, rebuilt, supported Hughton, and stabilised the club to the point where the London press are really struggling to find bad press from what used to be their favourite and easiest hunting ground. Focussed happy players well on top of the league, battling, proud and committed. As for Colo – the confidence he has regained this year in my opinion will show him to be a far better premier league defender than his first year.

  • Alan

    Mar 12, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8


    I totally agree mate, I really think its time we started to give MA a chance now, hes allowed Chris to go forth and sign the players we wanted in January but he didn’t let us get put to ransom for overhyped players like Beckford and Mackem boy Kilgallon.

    If he messes up big time again then fair enough, but I think we need to let bygones be bygones from now on and just let the team do the job

  • Davies

    Mar 12, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #9

    I was never “anti” Ashley, but I don’t pretend to have been happy with all of the decisions made over the last two years.

    There really is no point in continuing to have this childish animosity toward him, it’s counter-productive.

    It is apparent that he has learned from his mistakes and is now backing his manager. It really is just time to move on and support the club.


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