Strong Signs That Ashley Will Spend In The Summer


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!!


26 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 7, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    I think Guthrie can be the creative force in midfield as anyone with a real cutting edge will cost the world and probably wouldnt come to us. I think a ball playing defensive midfielder in the mould of emre would strenghten our team alot….the likes of cabaye who we were linked with.

    Its about keeping the togetherness and making ourselves hard to beat like the brummies. Probably a strapping 6 and a half foot centre back and a striker that would put 1 in 2 chances away that comes to him is needed.

    An established premiership winger, such as Etherington to add competition to Routledge and Jonas would be a plus.

    I think prioirty should be right back. Simpson puts his all in but is suspect defensively and i fear everytime somebody runs at him…maybe hughton could convert him to a right winger as he is very good going forward.

    I think Ashley will spend in areas in which we need it, as last summer he brought in colocinni to sure up the defence, jonas to add creativity and Xisco to add goals. Admittedly they were mainly bad buys but he still put his hand in his pocket and i think he would have learned from last Jan that you have to spend money and not make money in the transfer windows to stay in the premier league.

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  • Seabass

    Apr 7, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Great news!

    Let the madness begin 🙂

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 7, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Need to spend at least £20m on a quick defender, 2 midfield players & a goalscorer.

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  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Apr 7, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Do not want Beye, he’s 32 now and does not fit the recruitment profile. He was also one of the rats off the sinking ship at Orient………

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  • Ericles

    Apr 7, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    How much money will there be? How much do we get for going up? Obviously bigger crowds and income at St James. Transfers out is anybody’s guess. I see Butt out (sorry about the pun) with Smith perhaps and some youngsters.
    We must get a midfield playmaker and left back cover. Another “Shearer” would come in handy too!!! No good saying who should be bought cos it never happens that way. Must, must keep Jonas.

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  • richietoon

    Apr 7, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    I loved Habib as a player,but he was one of the rats who deserted the sinking ship.I wouldn’t want him back!

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  • Solaidback

    Apr 7, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Where as this supposed info about Ashley willing to spend money come from Ed??

    Personally I hope he does but I think it should be kept quiet so not to alert the other club who’ll hike up their prices for average players just because they know we need new players 🙁

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  • TheShadow

    Apr 7, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8

    I think that we should keep xisco as we dont know what he can offer yet and if he can score goals for us in the epl

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  • Solaidback

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10

    You can’t be serious, 1 he’s too old, 2, he’ll cost too much & 3 he’ll not come to the Toon, so stop dreaming.. lol

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  • countrylad14

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Xisco has been poor this season for Racing de Santander as much as id love to think he would come back to the toon and score a hat full of goals i just cant see it happenening. i think we need to get rid now and cut our losses.
    As for Guthrie being our creative force next season Robby Bobson, are we watching the same player??? his set pieces are poor especially his corners which he constantly fails to get past the 1st man, other than that he has hardly looked stand out class in the championship this year and always looked out of his depth in the premiership. I think we need to keep him because he is a valuable squad member and will be handy to come in if we get alot of injuries but he isnt good enough to be a regular starter next season.
    id like to see him prove me wrong like!

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  • richietoon

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Thats if we get bigger crowds,we didn’t hit 50k very often last season and Keegans home game before all the trouble was less than 48k so crowds were dropping regardless of Ashley and relegation.Hopefully they will increase tho and make st james’ noisy.HWTL

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  • Solaidback

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13

    The crowds will return, the only reason they dropped off was because of all the crap that was going on with Ashle but now it looks like he’s doing the decent thing & backing the team, then as long as he doesn’t do anything stupid, I say we should start to fill the ground again, oh except for those who’d rather cut off their noses to spite their faces that is,,,, lol

    To be honest Ashley could do no worse than to get an experienced Director in to the club, to help CH out & someone who can talk to the fans, as we all know Llambias is useless in that dept, so bring in someone like Sven, he did the job at Notts, so why not 🙂

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  • iain

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #14

    what ever the amount we need…

    left back cover – van aanholt on loan again ???

    a left footed winger to give us some variation – means we would have routledge. jonas, guthrie, taylor who could play rm and allow us to mix our tactics up a bit

    a cm to replace smith who is by far our weakest link in mf and not good enough for the pl imo teams will just play around him at pl level rather than aerialy which he can deal with – o’hara is the best option out there and can do a job on the left and at left back as well as hes left footed, would add some pace to our mf as well, guthrie may be good at this level but hes not quick and hes quite small and physically weak will not get as much time on the ball a sdhe does at this level.

    a cf who long term will replace loven and lead the line with carroll. think hugo rodallega would be perfect for us…

    then after that maybe consider getting a rb and either another young ch if kadar or taylor goes…

    cant wait for silly season to start and finally have a summer with someone in charge who wont play the silly games the press like. houghton proved in january he knows how to do business

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  • TheShadow

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Well i dinna care what goes on behind the scenes as long as we are playing well and are challenging for good talented young players such Macauley Christantus or John Fleck or Jozy Altidore not habib beye and all the older players

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  • Solaidback

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    what is the point in naming certain players for different position because when we try to get those players & they either don’t want to come to us or are too expensive, we get all upperty & moaning that the owner/manager isn’t paying/doing enough.. it’s a no win situ, CH will have a list of players, maybe 2or3 for each position needed & he’ll do his best to get them, thats it, end of!!!

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  • TheShadow

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #17

    yeah i no solaidback but just think of it as im wanting the club to do well and if they dont and say man u sign the players i said and they go on to become a big success then i get some satisfaction from that sorta

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  • Solaidback

    Apr 7, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #18

    At present we don’t have the clout to sign up & coming stars like we use to have, we’re way down the packing order of clubs & dare I say it, even the mackems can outbid us on anyone we might want to sign 🙁

    So its up to CH & Ashley to get in there early & let these players know we’re interested & hope the good name of old help us & not the bad name of last season hinder our chances too much 🙂

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 7, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Countrylad….ive been watching the player who always wants the ball even if he is having a crap game. He doesnt go hiding and has good awareness. Do you suggest we go for Deco? How about Messi he looked good last night.

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  • Darryl

    Apr 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #20

    For a striker, i wouldn’t mind seeing Dave Nugent – get him relatively cheap too.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Apr 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #21

    I agree with Robby Bobson, if we can have a defensive midfielder that can hit a good long pass, we could do well. I have to admit, I’m not overwhelmed by any of our current central midfielders, except Barton (who is suspect for other reasons).

    Maybe selling one or two might be a good idea, as crazy as it may sound. Does everyone see Smith as a Premier League option for instance?

    As for Nugent, we need a striker that can score goals. Which would rule him out somewhat.

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  • BT7MAG

    Apr 7, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Anger, I agree to an extent but is shipping players out really what we need to do?

    I mean, we can’t add much to the already swollen wage bill, but chopping and changing a side which has flourished due it’s togetherness could be very, very dangerous…It’s a tough call!

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  • countrylad14

    Apr 7, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Robby Bobson…. i agree that Guthrie is a player that is always wanting the ball but that just isnt enough when you can’t back it up with quality. He lacks consistancy and his set pieces are almost always awful.
    I dont want to loose the lad as he is still young and a good squad member but i still dont think he is good enough to be in the 1st 11 week in week out. im not suggesting that we try to sign messi or anything silly, (mind id like to think he secretly loves the toon and wants to buy himself out of his current deal and sign for us in the summer…dreaming again) i just think there are players out there that are in newcastles price range that would do a betta job. O’hara for one, he works hard, he is a much betta passes of the ball, his set pieces are better than Guthries (by a country mile) and he is proven at premiership level. Its only my opinion and it might be wrong but… I do not think Guthrie has performed well enough this season (or any other season for that matter) to show me or any1 else that he can step up to the plate and be newcastle’s creative spark next season.

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  • Charlietoon

    Apr 7, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #24

    countrylad his set pieces have actually netted us a few goals this season. They are better than Taylors

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  • baro

    Apr 8, 2010 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #25

    Would love it if Ronaldinho comes!

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  • baro

    Apr 8, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #26

    Also, hope its not true but it says we want Marlon Harewood back. He just returned to training. Hope he just stays there or we’re screwed.

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