Hughton Not Sure If Newcastle Will Be Competitive Next Season

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.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 13, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Good Points Ed.

    I think we Can survive

  • Toon Sweden77

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Of course we can survive but I dont think we should buy to many new players to the squad as we have a well geled team at the moment. A right back to compete with Danny Simpson, and a Right midfielder to give Routledge som competition. Maybe Seb Larsson who even can play in the centre of midfield and rightback aswell. Would also like to add Robbie Keane to the forwardline..

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed I think Plymouth is on Monday ??

    ALBIN and Seb Larsson would be a good start.

  • wsquare

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4

    I do not want to hear anymore ” the team simply did not turn up today”

    losing by lack of talent is acceptable but lack of effort. please no more of that tripe.

    set the goals let every team member be a stakeholder of those goals.

    our season in the championship was free of “lack of effort” for the first time since bobby robson left.

  • geordiedrum

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Its been a pleasure watching the team lately..
    we need some more quality in the middle of the park though..Gylfi sigurdsson…readingfc…anyone? we playing them tonite, goal scoring midfielder, only 20yrs old,

  • Edd Case

    Apr 13, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #6

    All these names like Albin etc being banded about – I reckon CH will sign players we’d never have expected and ones which will raise a few eyebrows – just as he has done this last year.


    Apr 13, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #7

    wsquare what ya mean by (I do not want to hear anymore ” the team simply did not turn up today”) aint got a clue what ya on about.

  • UK-USADuke

    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #8

    NUFCELITE – so your saying with only 34% of the game Newcastle was deserved winners today?

    Reading had more shots on goal; more corners had a higher % of the ball in possession and a better pass rate.

    Rethink what you write, we deserve to win the league, granted, however we were lucky today.

    Its a win likt this that is a championship defining moment. One more to get and the champs out


  • NUFCmagpie

    Apr 13, 2010 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #9

    altought the team is similar to the one that went down there is a huge difference. this team has scored goals (85 so far) and dug out results that our old team couldn’t do. i don’t think we’ll bring in more than 2 or 3 players over the summer. but whichever player do come in i trust hughton enough that im sure they’ll be decent

    toon to finish 12th next season


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