Hughton Will Have Many Challenges Before Next Season


Chris Hughotn’s job this summer is not only to bring in some Premier League class players to  strengthen the squad, but also keep some of our top  players who are getting attention from other PL clubs.

Andy Carroll – on radar screens of a number of clubs

Hughton talked about some of his challenges this summer:

“We are in a strong enough position.” “We have had that this season, and I don’t think it will be any different.”“The players want to be here. We have a group of lads who have wanted to be at this club.”

“Your Coloccinis, your Gutiérrezs… I saw something from (Jonas) Gutiérrez in one of the papers yesterday about whether it would have been better for him to be somewhere else with the World Cup coming up.”

“He made a conscious decision to stay here and that is pleasing.”

José Enrique has been in tremendous form for the club this season, and will only get better next season, and the 24 year-old Spaniard is really starting to fulfill his £6.2M transfer fee from Villareal in 2007, and becoming a top player on Tyneside.

He’s Sam Allardyce’s best signing for Newcastle United.

The other worry we have is that we must keep both Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor.  The local lads got into a melee recently which Chris Hughton, in retrospect,  handled brilliantly to keep the bad news out of the gossip press, but we have to have these two blossoming young players at the club next season.

Newcastle gaffer Chris Hughton feels the unity and togetherness of the Newcastle players means that anybody who wanted to leave the club would have departed last season.

And don’t expect any of the players who left last season to be brought back, because once they left the club, with it in such dire straights,  they just cannot be welcomed back.

Chris said today:

“What we have had are players who wanted to be here. The fact we have now enabled them to get to where they wanted to be (the Premier League) is a big boost.”

“It means I particularly would not anticipate anyone wanting to leave this summer.”

We see no real threat in losing any of our top players this summer, because all of them wanted PL football next year, and they have got it, and also earned it.

They have also tasted something that Newcastle players very rarely experience – success.   Yes it’s in the English second division but it’s still success, and we hope we can carry some of that into the PL, so we can get back to the top – eventually.

That has to be the goal of the club, but it will take a few years to bring that to fruition.

Comments welcome.


8 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Apr 9, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1

    We have to keep Carroll and Steven Taylor, of course we do. We have to keep Colo, Jonas and Enrique – of course we do. We cannot let Nolan, Guthrie , Lovenkrands or Routledge go either. We have great keeper potential too. As for Butt? I think a slot into the coaching side would be a good decision. Nonetheless we do need to recuit some quality players who are keen to play for NUFC. This does not mean fantasizing about this or that player who will never arrive. Have we forgotten Skejlbred? What about Kris Boyd?
    We do need cover for LB, RB, and the wings. Above all we need a team and not just 11 players out there at any one time.

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  • Doha Mag

    Apr 9, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #2

    We’ll likely release Pancrete, Hall and Butt at the end of the season; so need cover for both fullbacks and central defence. Urgently needs creativity in mid field and a proven striker.

    Would like to see Wheater in a black and white shirt; maybe loan Kadar and Ranger to Boro next season plus a few million as Wheater is a good player.

    Need to keep Steven Taylor; he’s a local lad and puts in the effort.

    As for other new signings what about the likes of O’Hara, Gunter, Eagles, etc. Maybe even Ledley King on a pay per game type contract as he is a good player but very injury prone……

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  • G

    Apr 9, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Ledley King is an interesting shout DM, I would take him on those terms. I read somewhere yesterday that Morten Gamst Pederson is available on a free at the end of the season. I know he is sometimes a bit erratic, but he might be able to offer us something else. I would take him on a free.

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  • BeeGuy

    Apr 9, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #4

    As much as we love some of the NUFC roster, all of it has to be compared to the rosters of the other PL teams. How many NUFC lads are “top 10” at their position? More importantly, how many are “top 5”? And if there is a “top 5”, can he get the support from the others on the pitch? IMHO, NUFC has a solid core with players already “top 10”, with some potential to go “top 5”. So, any buying should focus on bringing in a “top 10” and/or the supporting troops to exploit the talents of the best.

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  • NIToon1

    Apr 9, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Personally, I would not take an injury prone player on a “pay as you play” basis, especially not in the centre of defense. As great as he may be, chopping and changing the defense is de-stabilising – It is not a path I would like to go down.

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  • Darling27

    Apr 9, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Players i’d like to see come in are:

    Free Transfers

    Right Midfield

    Sebastian Larsson – Free

    Left Midfield

    Morten Gamst Pederson – Free

    Centre Back

    Liam Ridgewell – Free

    Centre Midfield

    Joe Ledley – Free

    Striker

    Kevin Kuranyi – Free

    For A Fee

    Defensive Midfield

    Jamie O’Hara – £4 Million

    We also need to bring in a new Left Back and Right Back but i’m not sure who.

    These players would fit in nicely!!!

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  • chuck

    Apr 9, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #7

    CH will have many challenges before next season!
    Yes he will, but none bigger than getting our rotund owner to dig deep into those cash filled pockets.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 9, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Darling27 not a bad shout mate think most of them could do a good job for us and most of them free.As for the people shouting for ledley king, i can understand why they would want him as when he plays he is a very good player.But i will also point out the fella never trains, and in my eyes he is just 2 injury prone for me, so it would be a big no for him from me.

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