With promotion at Newcastle all but mathematically certain, Newcastle fans will be turning to the summer transfer window to see how the club plans to improve the current squad.
Hughton and Calderwood will get the nod for next season
Most Newcastle fans seem to be fine with Hughton being the manger for next season, and in in our poll a couple of weeks ago, 71% of around 500 voters said they’d be happy to see Hughton managing the club next season.
Nicky Butt has given an interview with the News Of The World today, and says that Chris will always have the shadow of a certain Alan Shearer hanging over him while he’s managing on Tyneside, simply because Alan is such a living legend on Tyneside.
But Nicky, like the vast majority of Newcastle fans, has praised the great job Chris has done this year:
“He’s has done a great job and it’s a difficult job here.” “Chris is getting the accolades he deserves. I do believe everyone will have the shadow of Alan Shearer over him because he is such a massive name here.”
“He is a legend and everyone will have that looming over them unless they are a bigger name than him. There aren’t many bigger names in Newcastle than Alan Shearer.”
“That’s part and parcel of coming here as manager but Chris has a earned his crack at the Premier League. It would be very unfair to let somebody else come in to take it on.”
If it’s not a miracle that Chris has carried out this year, then it’s got to be close to it. 😀
There are a number of good managers currently available such as Mark Hughes, Sven Eriksson, Avram Grant and some others (Jose Mourinho?).
But we think owner Mike Ashley is more than happy with the way Chris has slotted in, the way he has got the best out of his players, and the fact he is very willing to live within a fairly tight financial budget.
That may have been one thing that turned Mike off Shearer at the end of last season, just after relegation, when reportedly Alan was asking for £25M for transfers.
We now understand that would have been impossible, and unnecessary as it has turned out – because the revenues are cut in half in the Championship, and clubs have to rein in their costs substantially to meet the lower revenues flowing in.
But there’s also no way in knowing whether that’s what Alan was really asking for, because we’ve found out that what’s reported in the gossip press is not necessarily what’s really going on in real life – surprise, surprise.
Gone at Newcastle are the big buys, when we bought players for massive amounts in the transfer market, and paid them huge wages and they turned out to be hopeless. The examples are just too numerous to list and we don’t want to get depressed so we’ll not mention any names.
Now the club will be making their big-name players such as Andy Carroll, Tamas Kadar, Nile Ranger, Danny Guthrie and Haris Vuckic, and somehow it’s just as exciting to see these youngsters making such big strides at the club.
And the extra thing you get with bringing your players through the club ranks is a complete dedication to the Tyneside club, and that’s what we’d like to see more of in the future. It’s made a huge difference this season, that’s for sure.
And the Newcastle scouting network, now under chief scout Graham Carr, is now in full swing, and we are looking forward to more bargain buys in the summer.
There’s not doubt at all that Alan Shearer is a legend, you just have to look at what he’s done in football on Wikipedia and you come away thinking he must have been born a football God in Gosforth.
Whether Alan will also become a legend for his management capabilities is something we will find out down the road sometime.
And we really have no idea how Newcastle will fare in the much tougher Premiership next season – but right now we are just hoping and praying we’ll be OK.
But things are good at the Newcastle club right now – in fact they are more than good – they are great – and a an awful lot of that is due to a certain Chris Hughton.