Don’t Expect Any Early Breakthroughs In Transfer Market

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!

20 comments so far

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 3, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #1

    migt get slated here but there is alot of talk about connor wickaham coming in. and i bloody hope he does. i dont have great source or owt but thats what alot have been saying.

  • murvar

    May 3, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #2

    I think we will be feeding on the scraps after the big boys have had first dibs at the rising stars of the World Cup. I don’t mean that we will pick up the minor stars of th SWC – more that we might be better off picking up the existing PL platers who will be displaced from top clubs after they have recruited.

  • murvar

    May 3, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3

    And if there aren’t many platers we could go for the capstan operators, armature winders and foundry workers……………..

  • andoni

    May 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    This Newcastle reminds me to the Spanish Real Zaragoza, which was relegated 2 years ago and nowadays is in the first division fighting not to lose division.
    I hope we can do it well next year.

    Howay The Lads!!

  • Ericles

    May 3, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Murvar could be right. I do not see us getting much in the transfer market. Nobody so far mentioned by the pundits will be here come August. The only speculation I am interested in is how much transfer kitty CH is NOT GOING TO GET!!!! We must not, despite the success of the season, place faith in Ashley coughing up the readies. We must not forget that Ashley probably started out selling cheap nylons out of a suitcase somewhere!!!

  • repo

    May 3, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Is Chris Hughton pissed this team wont stay in the prem infact the team that went down was on papar slighty bettter..

    Owen Martins beye duff ect..

    Beye is better than Simpson.

    Duff is prob on paper better than routledge..

    Owen and martins is better than shola and best.

    And we still went down..

  • andoni

    May 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #7

    I think that the most improved aspect this year is to work as a team, something that the last year we didn’t

  • toonfin

    May 3, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8

    repo………..saying they r better on paper means nothing. The fact is Duff might be playing good for Fulham but he never produced for us so in my eyes for us he isnt better than routledge…. Owen and martins better then shola and best………..what about carrol and lovenkrands…Owen is injured….Martins cant get a game.

    To say the team that got relegated is better than this team is a joke!!

  • Newutd

    May 3, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #9

    All about the attitude repo.

    But I must confess that I have my doubts with Simpson as a regular..

    Shola have already shown that he’s shite in PL. A very good championship player though, so maybe we could get a couple of millions for him?
    Best has shown nothing yet. Not good enough.

  • Ericles

    May 3, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Oh where for art thou Tino? Whoever they will be our recruits must have pace and flair and skill. We may have three legged donkeys and one wheeled carts standing for the general elections but please do not buy them for NUFC.

  • bobby_ollox

    May 3, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #11

    The players that went down were better than the players we have now.

    the team that we have now is immeasurably better than the team that was relegated.

    Whether team spirit alone is enough to survive in the premiership is not clear. I doubt it, and it is certainly not enough to get us challenging for Europe, which is where most fans expect.

    We need a few better players, but any more than 2 or 3 and we break the spirit of the existing team which would be disastrous.

  • mattyNUFC

    May 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Just been looking through all of our players stats over the past 8-9 seasons (if they’ve been pros that long). Shola’s never produced for us at the top level. His best run in the team came a few years back, 28 odd starts or something, 2 league goals.

    i think we’ve got a big issue with best on our hands…i think hughton doesnt want to be proven wrong about him. you know, we can talk crap about SAF, Rafa, etc, but when a player isn’t performing, no matter the hype around them, no matter the price tag, they don’t get played. best has had about 9 appearences, 5-6 starts and he’s done nothing other than hit the crossbar at plymouth….his positioning and touch are absolutely attrocious. he’s never produced for any team he’s been in (minus yeovil town in L1 or L2)

    i think carroll and loven are adequate but other than them, i don’t think anyone else can do a job for us next season.

    simpson, of course, is clearly not up for the prem. never seen a more infuriating fullback then him…leaves 20 yards of space between the attacker and him. take the damn space, son!!! how long were you at man u???

    other than that, i think we’re sorted…obviously need a backup winger, one or two CMs with one or two going out (butt, smith) and hold on to R tayls as his versatility is second to none in a worst case scenario that could be next season.


  • Newutd

    May 3, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #13

    We need a speedy man upfront.
    Backup for Enrique. A young talent preferably.
    One or two wingers.
    Classy right back to take the place of Simpson.
    A speedy and creative central midfielder.

  • 3enrique

    May 3, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Hi there, first post in like a year. I agree with the general consensus on here, that we need some quality up front and that Simpson is the weak link. Oh, and something that hasn’t been mentioned for a while is a continued lack of creativity in the middle, even with Barton we struggled to break down an average QPR side. Which brings me to my stirring comments… The problem with Nolan in midfield. Obviously, goals are great. However, Nolan does nine tenths of nowt in the middle, leaving the other CM (Guthrie when we’re at home) to cover all of the middle. Kevin gets his goals, but our team performance is weakened. Up front, you can be as lazy as you like if youre getting goals, it doesn’t cut it in te middle. Look at Dorrans at WBA, most people saying that he is the stand out player in the CCC this year, he’s got goals as well as the energy and mobility from midfield. Don’t hate me for saying this. Second tough comment: Steve Harper. Great servant to the club, fantastic professional, but… He needs to move over. With him here, Krul and Forster will both stagnate and leave, and they must be the future for the club. Like Ed says, comments welcome. Just don’t be too mean…

  • andoni

    May 3, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Backup for Enrique can be Mattock. He’s young and talented.
    Wingers…. maybe Joaquin, Valencia’s 29 years old right winger. He’s pure elegance.
    I think Simpson can do a good job for us next year.
    And about the central midfielder, there’s a huge number of people that come to mind, but one of them, who I’ve always want to see in white and black striped shirt is Michael Johnson

  • mattyNUFC

    May 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #16


    i agree totally about nolan. it’d be a tough decision to let him go or drop him from his starting position as he IS nufc right now, but too often he stifles guthries creativity. we can’t have a box to box midfielder playing with someone like guthrie who pulls the strings…we need a real DM as no one’s there to cover when guthrie gets forward and nolan’s looking to add to his tally.

    it’s a tough decision and i’m glad i don’t have to make it. perfect CM partnership in my opinion…guthrie/barton in the CAM role with Mohamed Diame coming in from Wigan…the perfect link between the back four and the front 5.

    C;mon Chris, get in Diame! surely he’d wanna play for us over Wigan

  • nightfa11

    May 3, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #17

    well…CH doesnt play youngsters, so by not giving him any transfer money ashley would force him to start playing them..=D

    i just hope we wont buy some average players who will keep youngsters out of the team – ala best, hall, etc. repeating that would be the dumbest thing we could do..

    also…let’s hope morinho buys newcastle at some point =D

  • BeeGuy

    May 3, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Looking at the NUFC finances would indicate there are still more players that need to be sold to get the wage bill in line with income. So we may see some bigger money players departing and new signings coming from the proceeds from those sales.

  • Reacher

    May 3, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #19

    I have to say that I agree with everything 3enrique said.

    Harper does need to step aside, and while he has been a fantastic servant, I simply don’t think he’s good enough to be a top flight ‘keeper. I cringe when I read people suggesting that Harper should be England’s first choice , he ain’t good enough. It would be a very brave decision by Hughton if he were to make Krul first choice (and I think he should), I just can’t see him doing it.

    With regards to Danny Simpson I often joke that he’s been at fault for every single one of the goals we’ve conceded this season, which is perhaps a bit harsh. He’s an average Championship right-back at best, that’s his level unfortunately. He gives attackers too much space and lacks any composure on the ball. The contrast with Enrique is very apparent.

    Nolan has bagged plenty of crucial goals and that cannot be argued against, but half the time I don’t think he can believe his luck! A testament to the relative low quality of this league. He’s passionate but he’ll get found out next season. He’s slow and lacks any athleticism.

    Would anyone have a punt for Darren Ambrose? He’d be very cheap and he’s only 26. He’s always had an eye for goal and has looked a cut above most players this season.

  • cupiddstunt

    May 3, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #20

    What a load of p*sh some of you lot are coming out with, stage one of the rebuild is over now for stage two, next seasons consolidation.

    We won the fizzy and were a cut above the team in second and a big chunk better than third place, so that is two teams following us up that we were better than. We have a better quality core to our team and all we need to do is add one more scalp to the two that come up with us and we are safe, stage two completed.

    Get a grip you all keep banging on about chelski, manure, arse-en-hole and that scouse team I forget their name, but they are less than 25% of the prem so forget them the teams we need to concentrate on is from 8th down to 20th and I think as we stand we will hold our own against most of them.

    I feel very comfortable about next season probably because I am realistic and can look at and see the bigger picture, which obviously a lot of you are incapable of seeing.

    A note to remember, in head to head we never got the better of WBA but finished 11 points better than them. It’s how we do against the rest of the league that dictates our final position NOT how we do against the top four or five.

    We have just won the fizzy and Europe is already being mentioned no wonder we keep getting tagged with the label delusional.


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