Newcastle manager Hughton has talked about his current squad today, but doesn’t give too much of his thinking away, that’s for sure.
Chris Hughton – doesn’t know if squad will be competitive next season
Newcastle have lots of players who have played regularly in the Premier League, and since last season a number of players have developed their game and are now better players.
The squad has gained in confidence since last summer, and are used to winning games, so we have to hope the current squad could survive next season.
But we also have to think that Chris will go out and strengthen the current squad this summer, with at least 4 new PL class players.
Hughton talked about his squad today:
“What some people will say is that, apart from the introduction of one or two players, this is the same squad which was relegated. Some people will look at that and ask questions.”
“We have a really good momentum all season, and players who have developed from last season, which was a difficult period for all concerned.”
“We have players who have improved, and are better players now than they were last season, albeit it in a different division.”
“They are better players now than they were allowed to be last season.” “Do I see this team being competitive? That I don’t know. But I don’t think we are far off.”
But Hughton is a down to earth and pragmatic guy, if ever we saw one, and he’ll be concentrating fully through the end of this season on trying to win all 4 games remaining of the season, starting at Reading tonight.
Then on Saturday there’s a long trip to Plymouth Argyle, where we could only draw 0-0 in the FA Cup 3rd round on January 2nd, before winning the replay at home 3-0.
Chris talked about the remainder of the season:
“Everything we do from now until the end of the season will have a bearing on the summer and next year.”
“It is important to finish this season with momentum and then the summer takes care of itself.”
“Momentum means showing a professionalism in every game and a desire to win every match.“
We do agree that the best thing to do right now is try to finish this season in style, because it will add to the confidence in the squad, and it also should help the club recruit new players this summer.
We are quietly confident Newcastle can do quite well next season, but we’ll not be shouting that from the rooftops either.
We have to hope by the first game of the Premiership in August Chris is more confident on whether Newcastle can survive.
But to be fair, Chris said exactly the same thing about the Championship – he wasn’t sure how Newcastle would do last August – but we’ve done very well this season, thank you very much.
Let’s hope we can say the same thing next year at this time.