Chris Hughton has a lot of work to do this summer, as he looks to strengthen his playing squad in addition to bringing in more people to his coaching and scouting staff.
Chris Hughton – strengthening playing, coaching and scouting staff
Hughton seems to be fairly content with the basic squad he has in place at Newcastle right now, and will add a few good players in the summer:
“We know it is a big step up from this season, but we believe we have the nucleus of a side who can compete in that division,”
“It’s going to be difficult but I’m up for the challenge and have complete confidence in my ability and that of Colin Calderwood and the staff and players.”
“We have come through a tough time together and I think we’ll be better for it next season.” “Our aim is to become a permanent fixture in the Premier League.”
“But we know we will be in a better and tougher league and we won’t underestimate the task we face.”
Chris will meet with Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias next week to discuss a number of issues, including his transfer targets, in additions to expanding his coaching and scouting staff, as well as his own contract talks with the owner.
We have to expect that Chris’ contract will be significantly improved for next season in the Premiership.
And Chris seems to have had no bother from owner Mike Ashley as he has praised him for his full support this season:
“It’s testament to the owner that he kept a good enough squad for us to be able to compete. He decided he was going to keep a squad that was good enough to get us back up.”
“He put me in charge on a temporary basis to start with and I felt that was the right decision. It would have been wrong to bring in someone completely new. It was best to have someone who knew the players.”
“At that stage the players were hoping for a little bit more continuity, and I think the fact that I was remaining at the club helped.”
“I was satisfied early on that the foundations the owner had provided were good enough to get us promotion.” “Slowly but surely we began to feel good about ourselves and the early results gave us a momentum which we never lost.”
“Now, as we look forward to our Premier League return, I’m confident that we are in good shape.”
Newcastle fans seem to still be distrustful of Mike Ashley, after his massive mistakes in the last two years of his ownership almost decimated the Tyneside club.
We have to hope that next season the lads can hold their own in the Premiership, and that some of our younger players will continue to improve as they have done this season.
Then we’ll be in very good shape next year at this time to push on, and maybe even be in a position to launch an attempt to get back into European competition.