Chris Hughton has talked with the Newcastle Journal today regarding his summer transfer plans, and it’s a good interview.
Chris Hughton – with CC Championship trophy
Chris told the Newcastle Journal today:
“I am confident I will get the support I need from the board.” “What I have had this season is all the support I have needed.”“We are working together. I have a very good working relationship with Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias. I do not expect any problems there.”
“Times are different. I don’t think anyone will be spending a lot of money this summer, with the possible exception of Manchester City, and we are no different.”
“Having said that, we also know we have to have a squad which has the best possible chance of competing next season.”
We would think a striker, full-back, winger and a creative midfielder would be four areas that Chris could suitably strengthen for next season.
And it looks like Chris is still looking over the squad before finally deciding whom his targets are, and then presumably starting to go after them in May.
“We are in the process of looking at where we need to strengthen, if we need to strengthen and how we are going to strengthen.”
“We have just had a really good season and we have a lot of momentum.” “I am still very much in the process of deciding which areas I need to strengthen.”
“We might want to strengthen, but we don’t want to break what we have had this season.” “We have the core of a squad which has just won the division and won it well.”
“We have players here who have won a lot of plaudits this season and they will remain at the core of the squad.”
“I don’t anticipate bringing in a lot of new players this summer, but we do need to make sure we are in the best possible shape for the Premier League.”
It’s not the first time Chris has said not to expect lot of players to be brought in – but we don’t know exactly what that means.
We think four good players and keeping everybody else would make the squad a good one for next season.
However, Hughton denied he has already drawn up a shortlist of players he will discuss with Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias when they meet next week, but that list almost writes itself.
“I don’t think the gulf between where we are and some of the Premier League teams is very big at all if you look at the teams who have gone up in recent years.“We will look to strengthen, but these are decisions which will be made over a period of time. We do not have a shortlist, we are constantly being made aware of potential targets through our scouting system and that has been ongoing.”
“We have reports on several players who have done well and we are aware of them. It is my decision over the next few weeks to determine which areas we need to strengthen.”
“It is going to be tweaks, not wholesale changes. We need to keep that momentum behind us.”
Well that sounds like some good common sense again from Chris, and we have to hope our scouting system has done the job again.
Chris and the club did an excellent job in January, and the only player of the four that were brought in who is not a starter is Leon Best, and we have to give the striker some time to settle in.
Just look how Kevin Nolan was playing last year at this time having been brought in during the January window – and look at him now.
Ands it’s obvious Chris is working hand in glove with Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, and that’s got to be very good – for the welfare of the club.