Chris Hughton will have a little time to reflect on what he’s achieved at Newcastle this season.
Chris and Colin – will soon get down to transfer business
But fairly shortly Chris will be getting busy on who to bring into the club during the summer transfer window, with help from assistant manager Colin Calderwood and chief scout Graham Carr.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“There is hard work ahead, of course, but we’ll enjoy the moment.”“We have a responsibility to try to win the league. We have to do that for this group of players and the supporters.”
“Looking at the future and sitting down and talking is for the next period.” “We’re just concentrating on getting promotion and enjoying that first. There are still lots of targets, and that’s a good thing.”
“The worry is we take a dip now in the last five games – we can’t let that happen.” “Nobody should accept that the season is over as they have five more games.”
“We have a good squad and competition for places. Everybody wants to play on Saturday.” “He (Ashley) came in and it was hectic, which we were expecting.” “Mike and Derek were in the dressing room afterwards to congratulate the players.”
Hughton knows he’ll have to keep the players’ feet on the ground, and there are still 5 games to go and 15 points to play for this season.
The target has to be to win all 5 games as a preparation for next season, when things will become a lot tougher.
But it seems he already has the players in the right frame of mind, and they’ll take nothing for granted through the end of the season:
“You usually have to keep stressing to them to keep their feet on the ground.” “But I don’t think I need to with this group of players. It won’t be a problem.”
“It hasn’t been all season, they now want to win the league. To be at the top of the league so long and not stay there would be a disappointment.”
Chris will no doubt be thinking now on exactly who he wants and needs to bring in during the close season, and we wouldn’t be surprised if he and Mike Ashley talk about exactly that topic, over the next day or two.
We believe Chris may already has his list of targets laid out, and there’s no reason now that the club cannot go ahead and attempt to nail down some of the targets – now we know we are a Premiership club again.
As big Sam Allardyce always said, getting players in early during the transfer window, always turns out a lot cheaper.
We agree with Sam on that one.