There is a report in thre Daily Mail today that says Chris Hughton has had talks with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.
Mike Ashley with Chris Hughton with the players
Also present at the talks was said to be club secretary Lee Charnley, and the meeting took place yesterday – wonder where Derek LLambias was?
We have no idea if the report is true, but it would seem like the right time to get together, fresh off the great 2-1 win at Reading.
The Daily Mail is reporting that the transfer kitty Chris will get will be about £15M, and that seems about right too.
We know Chris needs PL class players, but if we can pick up Wayne Routledge, Mike Williamson, Danny Simpson and Leon Best for around £4M in January, £15M will look a huge kitty to Chris.
It’s hard to believe the rest of the Mail report, that says Hughton wants around 10 new players before next season begins and that £15M is not enough.
Sounds to us like the media is again trying to stir things up into a controversy – and they missed out on the Carroll -Taylor altercation so they’re probably miffed right now – so don’t believe that Chris wants 10 players – a new team?
Chris is already on record as saying he’ll not need many new players this summer given the strength of the current squad, when everybody is fit.
With Steven Taylor and Andy Carroll both staying, we would think about 4 good new players is what is needed, and some of them will come on free transfers, so £15M should be enough for the summer.
With things on Tyneside now being almost as stable as they were when Bobby Robson was at the club, the gossip press may be panicking about what rubbish they can write this summer, since they may not get too much of that from the new Newcastle.
Well, there’s always the World Cup. 😀
Howay The Lads!!