Agents Already Calling Newcastle On Various Players

Chris Hughton has one of the best work ethics we have seen in anybody, and Newcastle fans can be certain that his team will in no way tail off towards the end of the season.

Chris Hughton – concentrating on remaining games and transfers

Chris talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning and it’s clear his number one target this season is to win the league:

“The fact we now know which division we are going to be in does give us a big head start.”“We are fresh off the back of having gained promotion, but what getting promotion early does do is to give us more time.”

“I would expect to sit down with Mike (Ashley) and Derek (Llambias) at some stage soon.”

“The focus is on winning this next group of games and winning the title, but it does give us the chance to sit down and plan for next season before some others.”

“It gives us a chance to avoid the uncertainty we had last summer.”   “The only conversation I have had with Mike and Derek so far has been about the good feeling and congratulations we have gained promotion.”

“What will happen over a period of time is that I will sit down with Mike – and perhaps more so with Derek – and plan for the forthcoming season.”

We have to think that Chris has already sorted out the players he would like to get into Newcastle this summer, and will be all ready for his talks with Mike Ashley and Kevin Llambias.

And Hughton has received many calls of congratulations from various people in the football world including, as we would have expected, a born and bred Newcastle fan, Alan Shearer,  who would be celebrating just like the rest of us on Monday night.

Yes, we know some will question whether Alan is really human, if you’ve watched some of the goals this man scored in his career – he was unbelievable. 😀

And as you may expect, lots of agents have been touting their players to Chris, so presumably he’ll know all about the free agents that will be available this summer.

Chris continued:

“Yes, the agents have started to call me already, but then that is their job.”

“The first possible chance they will see to push players on you and make you aware their players are available is when you get promotion.”

“So yes, the agents have been on already – I would expect that to be  the case for some time now.”

Hughton also has some decisions to be made about who he will let go in the summer, but that’s turning out to be fairly easy.

He’ll let Fabrice Pancrate, Fitz Hall, Nicky Butt and Kazenga LuaLua move on.

The only question we have is if Nicky Butt wants to stay at Newcastle as a coach, since he’s already said that’s what he wants to do when he retires.

But it could be that Blackburn and other clubs could come in for him during the summer and offer him a one year playing contract, but we’d be pleased to see him stay at Newcastle as a coach. He’s a straight forward good guy.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Apr 9, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1

    How can I put this simply….

    The bigger the transfer chest the longer you will have to tolerate Ashley, OK? That’s the deal, folks. So every 15 million he spends you need to add another season onto his ownership as (like it or not) it is his personal finances keeping this club afloat. Remember, it was the amount the club owed to him (over and above the £100m asking ) that interested parties couldn’t make. This figure is variously reported to be between £80m and £100m, and partially represents the bailing out cost after Ashley failed to do due diligence on Freddy’s accounts books.

    Add to this recent transfers and you will soon get the picture that NUFC is actually MAFC in all but name (but don’t bet against that changing). So stop googling overpriced Russian unknowns and baton down the hatches for a battle royal to hit the safety of 50 points before next Easter, but with the club’s coffers in much better shape. And PLEASE stay off Hughton’s back, he will not deliver European football but he just might deliver us from Ashley, and I know which of the two I would choose!

    If this season has been penance & punishment, next season needs to be consolidation & graft if we are to put the roots down for a great future. And, step one, unless we get the books to balance, boys, we are stuck with Cashley. Stop and think what you really want for this club instead of playing fantasy football online.

  • Seabass

    Apr 9, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Ashley might not be that bad to have as an owner for the time. The economic situation in the PL is ridiculous with clubs in huge debts. Platini has indicated that UEFA aim to do something about it and things will happen. Clubs will fall, players will be available etc. Being a well run business is a great strategy since the clubs around us are in such a mess.

  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Apr 9, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    “The bigger the transfer chest the longer you will have to tolerate Ashley, OK?”

    -that’s bit harsh, ain’t it? I think you should somehow change your attitude against MA. Okay, the fuzz with the Keegan was a mistake, but he is the biggest loser in the whole thing, isn’t he? I mean, it’s his club, and 1st of all HIS MONEY.

    Now we are in a healthier sustainable path and there are lots of clubs following us so I think the Premier League will get more competitive because the clubs cannot flush money straight down the toilets like they do now.

    Like Ed put it yesterday ->

    WE MIGHT NOT HAVE TO BUY BIG TO STAY IN EPL. The difference between the last ten in EPL and the first ten in the CCCL isn’t that big. And we have the advantage of getting big revenue once back in there.

    I would say that MA can change us to a European League regular in 3 years, if people let him to do his business.

    It’s all about sustainability.

  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 9, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Looking at it. I know we owe a lot of money to MA but if he is staying except getting money out of the club to pay him he should turn the debt into shares like Roman did at Chelski.

    We have got CH who can work with MA and Derek very well so lets stick with him. Look at what MA did he gave Wise 10m to buy Colo because they had a good working relationship, 16m to buy Modric. Its all abt a good working relationship if it is not there then it wont work look at KK, Big Sam etc.

    For next season, I believe if we play like a team we will succeed look at Birmingham and Fulham. These are teams I know we have better players than them.

    In CH I trust. I know he will get the players that want to play for us.

  • marlonisourking

    Apr 9, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Who’s this Kevin Llambias bloke then 😛

  • bill

    Apr 9, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Maybe someone can advise me on this one,

    “Looking at it. I know we owe a lot of money to MA but if he is staying except getting money out of the club to pay him he should turn the debt into shares like Roman did at Chelski”

    How do you take equity in a company that you already own 100%?

    If you are selling up and are willing to put your debt into a future share of the club under new ownership is understandable but otherwise how does this work?

  • Ericles

    Apr 9, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Captain Beefheart put it simply – and honestly. The economics of Ashley are not bedtime reading it is true. But, unfortunately, he has the whiphand at present. As fans and supporters we need to get behing the players and coaching staff – Ashley’s grubby pockets in his grubby wide underwear is somebody else’s problem. Priority = win Championship and FA Youth Cup.
    Then – take on the Premiership with vision and skilfull determination. As Bayern showed – the big boys do not always have everything.

  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 9, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Bill, St. James Holdings owns NUFC not Mike Ashely which are two different entities. So the debt came into our books of accounts in different names may be Mike Ashely or Sports Direct so in our debts schedule we have for example:
    Mike Ashely – 50m

    So when we came to settle this into shares not money.
    St. James Holdings – 80%
    Mike Ashely – 20%
    As Shareholders. Its jst accounts but we remain with one owner but with different shareholders thats how I can explain it easily.

  • G

    Apr 9, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    I agree with CB @ post 1 here. To be honest, we need to let the heirachy get on with the job. If Platini’s new rules come into force, watch the likes of Manyoo and Liverpool plummet due to the debts invovled. I am sure in the mainstay of things they will be ok for a few years, but once we have to balance the books then we should have a level playing field. My opinion is, that for once, this club is being ran in an appropriate fashion. The buble has burst in football, and there’s a new world order, we should not be following the examples of Manyoo and Liverpool, but the examples of Everton and Fulham and Stoke. The next few years should be very interesting indeed.

  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 9, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #10

    MA is not a billionaire for the sake of it. He has brains. In Derek we have an owner who knows some football. What I know in life is that people learn.

    I know MA is going to make money in the summer for the world cup though it is for Sports Direct but he is also the owner of NUFC. Transfer funds available.


    Apr 9, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #11

    When you consider Villa have spent 80m over 2 seasons and still will probably end up 7th then the reality is i cant see us finishing higher than 8th in the forseeable future.
    As for Ashley-what does he really want to do with the club?

  • bill

    Apr 9, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #12

    will die for the toon army:

    What I didn’t understand or still don’t understand is what is the difference?

    If Abramovich owns another company that owns Chelsea it doesn’t make any difference if this is called Chelsea, Chelsea Holdings or whatever you like. In the end he still owes himself money.

    I know a little about Company Law, and what I do know I don’t particularly like. However, what is the benefit in doing what Abramovich has done?

    On your last post about MA. It doesn’t take a genius to make money out of slave labour, you just have to have no moral compass. From what I know about MA, he is not that bright. He has what I would call a streetwise mind. I come across this type of mind on a regular basis, they are absolutely useless at academic subjects but they have devious minds to get out of doing anything positive.

  • chuck

    Apr 9, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #13

    It is not neccessarily the amount of dosh spent, it`s more about who it is spent on .
    Beginning to wonder about M O`N. he has spent a decent amount on players, but compared to Arry @ Spurs not quite as successfull, though Arry had a decent side to begin with @ Spurs
    and was able to buy by selling.
    As for us, if we are to eventually challenge for silverware we have to be patient, bringing in say one or two top quality signings each year, untill we have a competitive side.
    That is following the present upcomming season, where we need at least four new faces and probably a couple more by the winter window.
    One thing we cant afford is a struggle for PL survival, we have to ensure we survive by spending an appropriate amount.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 9, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #14


    Alot of what you say is spot on, except for it being mike’s club. It is not his club it’s our club. We pay the salaries and keep it going. The toon army’s rabid support at sjp and world wide via buying merchandise and so forth keeps this team running. Nobody is bigger then the club, ALL I CARE ABOUT IS NUFC!!!!!


    Apr 9, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #15

    bill not that bright but a lot brighter than you, or you would be the club owner wouldn’t mate


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