There are growing signs that Mike Ashley will indeed make money available to Chris Hughton this summer for transfers, if Chris needs to bring in some costly players.
Mike Ashley and Chris Hughton – a good partnership for Newcastle?
We say if Chris needs to, because Hughton seems very savvy in the transfer market, and with free transfers and some good scouting, it will be interesting to see if Chris identifies £10M players he needs to bring in to keep Newcastle up next season.
We don’t think so somehow – but we’ll see.
But there are growing signs that after Mike Ashley has endured time out of the Premiership, he will be more than keen to ensure that Newcastle don’t get relegated any time soon – maybe never again – is what Newcastle fans would like to hear.
Hughton has built up a decent core squad of players this season, who with their new fight and passion for the club, should be able to compete in the Premier League.
It seems interesting that the defense is one area that Chris is going to strengthen.
While it’s been the bedrock of the Newcastle team this season, there are times when the defense has given away some daft goals from set pieces, like on Monday night for example, and any speed in the opposing strikers makes us look less than secure.
Alan Hutton has been mentioned as a possible acquisition, and if Habib Beye is allowed and willing to come back, we could pick the Senegal International up for less than £2M – but whatever happens we think that Danny Simpson will have some severe competition next season.
We have to think Habib would walk back to Newcastle, just to get out of Villa, where Martin O’Neill seems to play the same team every week – but Habib is not in it.
But we wonder if bridges have been burned at Newcastle – but if there’s one player we’d take back it would be Habib.
Apparently a proven goalscorer is another area that Hughton is said to be looking for, so it seems defense and striker are two areas for improvement – but surely we need some more creativity in midfield too.
Hughton will once again get the full backing of Mike Ashley and will continue on as manager next season – that’s obvious and don’t believe any stories that he’ll be replaced – there is no way that will happen.
You would expect nothing less as Chris has saved Mike Ashley in a number of ways this season, by saving his club.
Seeing Chris Hughton choke up when he tried to talk about the fans on Monday night after the game, shows not only he has a big heart, but it’s in the right place – anchored securely on Tyneside.
We could say Chris saved Mike £100M, but that’s the least of it.
Chris has created a solid team from the ashes of last summer, that is already more than decent, and more important – able to fight it out with the best of them.
That’s a characteristic we’ll need in big supply next season, and one that was missing almost completely last season, when we were relegated.
While we don’t want to get carried away, we think Chris, with the help of Colin Calderwood and others, will continue in their quiet, common sense ways in the summer and we expect the team by August to be significantly strengthened.
However, we also think that’s possible without spending huge money on single players.
It may have to be the new way of doing things at Newcastle United, and that’s not too bad surely, becasue the old way never worked in any case.
Howay The Lads!!