Newcastle’s Managing Director Derek Llambias has talked about the task ahead, and has made it very clear the Newcastle club is under no illusions as to how difficult next season back in The Premiership will be for the club.
Derek Llambias – we are under no illusions about next season
The conventional wisdom is that Mike Ashley has given Chris Hughton just £15M to use in the transfer market this summer, but we still expect Chris Hughton and chief scout Graham Carr to come up with some decent buys for that money.
Llambias talked about the fans this season and offered the appreciation of the club:
“You have packed out St James’ on numerous occasions this term and from our very first game of the season down at West Brom, have helped create an unbelievable atmosphere in every game we’ve played in.”
“That support has undoubtedly rubbed off on the players and go them through some very tough fixtures. “I’d like to say a big thank you for your incredible backing this season.”
“It has been a monumental effort from all concerned here at Newcastle United this season, from Chris Hughton and his players and all of our staff at the training ground and here at St James’ Park.”
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at this football club for everything you’ve done this season.
“I’m well aware of how difficult things were this time last year and the potential struggles we faced going into this season, but all of your efforts have helped contribute to what has turned out to be a successful campaign.”
“Going back up to the Premier League was always our aim this season and we’re delighted that this great club is now back where it belongs in the top flight.”
“We now have the opportunity to plan for life back in the Premier League and are under no illusions about the challenges that lie ahead.”
Those are good words from Derek, and he’s right it’s been a monumental task, but the players and coaches have been magnificent this season for the Tyneside club.
It’s hard to overstate the great job manager Chris Hughton has achieved this season, and now Mike Ashley and Llambias have to support manager Chris Hughton big time.
We’d like to see at the very least four new good players come in during the summer, as well as at least a few top-class youngsters.
Now is the time to keep the concentration on our Youth Policy, which seems to be paying off much quicker than we thought it would.
If we can get some decent buys this summer the squad may be strong enough to do fairly well next season, but there’s no doubt it will be very tough.
Very tough indeed.