Now that the season is finally over it seems like Chris Hughton is trying to play down any new players arriving on Tyneside anytime soon.
Chris Hughton – no early breakthrough in transfer market
Chris will be meeting with owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Derek Llambias this week to trash out a few things.
One will be hos own contract which should be improved over the summer, along with that of his able assistant Colin Calderwood.
Chris deserves at least a £1M/year salary next season, but we’ll have to wait and see what he is given over the next few weeks – but he’s saved Mike Ashley’s bacon on Tyneside – that’s for sure.
And Chris will want to know how much money he has to spend this summer but he says he only needs three or four new players and will go after class rather than quantity.
Chris talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
“It’s going to be tough to make an early breakthrough in the transfer market,”
“We’re enjoying winning the Championship and reaching all of our targets. There is no doubt there will be a fair amount of phone calls being made over the summer, but we’ve only just finished the season.”
“The Premier League clubs have a head start on us, but we will work hard to play catch up. We haven’t made any offers yet and I don’t expect anything to happen in the next week or so. The important thing is going up and staying up.”
“I don’t feel we need a lot more in this squad next season. We are moving to a bigger, tougher league so it would be silly to think we don’t need to bring some in.”
“I think if I look at the impact we have had with players we’ve brought in you can see how new faces can refresh things.” “
It’s been an absolutely stellar season for Newcastle fans and it’s hard to think how the team could have performed any better.
It rerminds us of the way Juventus came back in 2006-2007, after they had been relegated for the first time from Serie A, as punishment for the massive Italian football match-fixing scandal.
That season they were dominant in Serie B, having kept a number of their star players, and the famous Italian club, who also play in black and white stripes, came straight back up and easily won Serie B by 7 points from Napoli in second place.
Juventus won 28 of their 42 league games and only lost four games, and the only difference is that Newcastle’s record was even better this season.
You look at any statistic in the Championship league just ended, and Newcastle have the best record, most points, most goals, most wins, fewest defeats, fewest goals conceded, most clean sheets – and it goes on.
Fantastic season for the Newcastle club and their fans, and the pride and passion is truly back on Tyneside.
Long may it continue!