Newcastle United Club Statement To Be Released This Week

A Newcastle United official club statement will be released later this week, according to this morning’s Newcastle Journal.

This may be a good partnership for Newcastle club – Ashley and Hughton

We’re not too sure what will be in that statement but the Journal is reporting they have been told that Chris Hughton will not be replaced as manager at the club.

Well that’s hardly news, since Chris couldn’t have done much better in his very first season as a manager.   Just remember Ruud Gullit, Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish – three big names who were hopeless at managing Newcastle United.

Chris Hughton has earned the chance to be a Premier League manager, because he’s done something that deserves it – he’s produced great results at Newcastle, in very short order.

We would hope the statement details Newcastle’s strategy going forward, which is to build on Youth so we don’t have to pay out ridiculous amounts of money for mediocre players, and to build up our worldwide scouting system.

We don’t expect Mike Ashley to sell the club this summer, and indeed it could be that he’s in it now for the long term, given the staggering turnraround that Chris Hughton has manufactured on Tyneside since last summer.

It seems Newcastle will only be sold if somebody comes in with a great offer that Mike Ashley couldn’t refuse, but since nobody seemed willing or able to do that over the last 18 months, after it has been put up for sale a couple of times, we’d be surprised if that happens.

We expect for the first time for a long time, Newcastle will announce the club is really building for the future, and with the sensible and low key Chris Hughton in charge – we may even have stability at the club – which we’ve needed ever since the great and incomparable Bobby Robson left the club.

The mood inside St. James’ Park is reported  to be one of optimism and excitement at what the future may bring – and that’s exactly what it’s like outside St. James’ Park – that’s for sure. 😀

And we may have found a diamond in the rough in the unlikely Chris Hughton as manager of Newcastle United.

Mike Ashley had Chris Mort put in place a 5 year plan for the club when he first arrived in June, 2007, but that was all lost once the Kevin Keegan affair happened in September, 2008, and the fans were 100% against the owner and wanted him out.

While that attitude may have changed since a year last September, Mike can hardly be considered popular on Tyneside, although he seems to have done everything right since January, and that’s a welcome change.

Hughton will retain full control of all transfers, and it seems the report of Newcastle signing a Director of Football, first reported by the News of the World 9 days ago, is simply untrue.

The forthcoming statement will apparently say that Mike Ashley is committed to the Newcastle club, as Mike saw the greatness that can be Newcastle United last season – with home gates close to a staggering 43,000, which is unheard of in England’s second division.

The club has even received some great publicity this year.

Of course there are still many fans who will not be happy until Mike sells the club, but it seems to us from what the Journal seems to be dancing around this morning, is that Mike will give it another shot, and start by supporting Chris in the transfer market this season.

We look forward to the statement sometime later this week, and expect it to be upbeat.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • BT7MAG

    May 4, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #1

    I think it’ll all be fairly pointless, obvious rhetoric and in a way it’s a good thing. I don’t want to know how much we’ve got to spend on transfers (it means other clubs will hold us to ransom). Hughton kept things in house this season and it worked well, the press gave up writing about us because there was only positives to be said!

    As for Ashley, I think he’s in a similar situation as David Cameron should he come into power. He’s unpopular, untrusted and an underwhelming prospect. But at the end of the day, he’ll be in charge of our country (or club in Ashley’s case) and so he’ll be endured!

  • Solaidback

    May 4, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Well maybe because he’s seen his personal fortune jump up to £900m, he’s maybe thinking he doesn’t need to sell now & is willing to keep us going & put a wad of dosh in to buy new players…. and by that I don’t mean £100m, I mean something like £30m !!

    Lets hope he’s spoken with people who are in the know about football & they’ve told him how it should be run & he’s up to trying that 🙂

    As for those who still want him out, get over it, it ain’t happening, so either get behind the team & support them or find another club, its that simple 🙂

  • Toon Sweden77

    May 4, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Oh my, now I broke down in tears again. How could you mention the name Souness..

    Poor Bobby sacked and replaced by that miserable thing. Many mistakes was made by Fat Fred but that was far the worst.

  • nightfa11

    May 4, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #4

    good manager, but needs to grow some balls.. he also should look the future of our club & give the kids a chance..

    it would be a pitty if future star players in the world of football would leave cos he’s too afraid..

    so before you all start to praise him..just take under considoration he might be doing some serious damage to our club.. i hope he comes around..but..he didnt give kids a chance in how i’m i supposed to belive he’ll give them a shot in EPL..against torres, drogba, gerrard, fabregas, terry, lampard, ven persie, arshavin, rooney, tevez, etc…

    it’s a tough call..he does deserve a chance…but i wouldnt mind if we replaced him with someone who’s more fond of our policy..

  • Xenarious

    May 4, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #5

    We should all get behind the team and the managment / staff / ownership structure, because it won’t change this season. We need stability if we are going to stay in the Premiership and avoid media attention as they are going to be sniffing around us more than most other clubs due to our history.

    Personally, like Ed said, I don’t want to hear anything about a budget, because clubs will hold us to ranson and increase prices. We should be viewed as a club that has just been promoted from the Championship and are looking for good bargains.

    Personally I think Ashley would go a long way to further redeeming himself by taking the naming rights of St. James’ Park off the market and keep the historical name intact. This would go a long way to making a statement that he is starting to understand how the fans feel and how important the Stadium is to us.

  • Isaac Hunt

    May 4, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #6

    I reckon he’s a bigot

  • komfort

    May 4, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #7

    vote labour…

  • ToonAllman22

    May 4, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Lib Dems

  • Johann

    May 4, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #9


  • Johann

    May 4, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #10

    build on youth Ed? Are You kidding? You think that´s likely with Mr. Chris in charge? 🙂

  • boater

    May 4, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #11

    nightfa11 – you absolute raging prat.

    Oh my word,, it’s brains switched to standby time again the mob have got a new mantra haven’t they.
    Hughton ‘doesn’t give kids a chance’.

    Ranger got plenty of action this season – he buckled under the pressure! Deal with it. Hughton wanted to get the club promoted ,, ahem ,, you might have noticed we were relegated last season ?- but just finished as emphatic champ’s with an unbeaten home record. But – no – aghast – Hughton didn’t play our young starlet from the off in the final game – now even though you haven’t seem him play yourself, you think undermines hughton.

    Words fail me as to how much of a stupid ingrate you really are.

  • boater

    May 4, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Also I love all this – ‘ it’s a big jump from the CCC to prem’ – yes it is, but it’s not a big a jump as ‘not a manager to astonishingly successful manager in one season’, so pleeeease give that a rest n’all.

    Oh aye – OWT but the tories,, please no not the tories.

  • nightfa11

    May 4, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #13

    boater – 😀 just cool it..

    “now even though you haven’t seem him play yourself”

    i’ve seen him play live several times..i’m from slovenia…watched him play for domzale, slovenia U19, etc. dont be such a smart ass.. if u dont see it hughton is scared that’s your problem…it was the same story with shearer, who played the strongest team on paper..& not players in form… i get that there’s a lot at stake for every manager…he’s making decisions for millions of fans…but when you lead by 10 points it’s selfish to wanna break the record & not give youngsers a chance who will do anything for a shot..who will leave their heart on the pitch… same as smith…but…those youngsters have sth smith dont – TALENT.

  • Solaidback

    May 4, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #14

    nigtfa11 – let me get this right, you want CH to play the young lads in the squad agianst the strongest away team yeah?? So I take it you didn’t want us to get promoted just as long as the young kids got a game!!!

    The young kids got games mate, its called a reserve team & from my recolection, they didn’t do too well in some of their games against other reserves, so what make you think they’re ready to play against 1st team players??

    I’m all for players who stand out in the reserves to get a chance but not at the risk of us losing a game when we have fully fit, fully capable 1st team players who’re getting paid £35k a week to win us games….. they’ll get their chance as & when the manager see fit, as it’s his job on the line & that what we pay him to do, so unless you’re a fully qualified manager who’s won the PL title mate, wind it n yeah & get behind what CH decides 🙂

  • boater

    May 4, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #15

    As many have already said – Carroll came through the reserves this season. You don’t just press a button – or hatch them like eggs – then turf out the likes of nolan and smith who have worked all season to winning the league.

    Vuckic looks exciting! fantastic can’t wait for him to EARN his place in the first team in the future. Not get him in the side because Man Utd are rumoured (by the daily star) to want him so we better turf Nolan out in that case in case we upset our poor little pooches!?!? WTF

    Hughton has been note perfect just about this season – but the mob HAVE to have an axe to grind. It’s sad.

  • BT7MAG

    May 4, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #16

    nightfa11 – The kids were given the cup runs, they weren’t good enough and we went out early, simple as that.

    Hughton did the same as managers like Wenger, Ferguson etc. in that he set aside cup competitions for youth to play in. In my eyes this was a good decision and something I believe he’ll do again next season.

    Also, let’s look at the facts – youth players I consider decent would be: Ranger, Vuckic, Airey, Henderson, Adejei, Donaldson and Troisi.

    Ranger and Vuckic have been given playing time when fit – so you can’t argue about them.

    Airey and Adejei are not as good as Carroll, McLoven or Shola (and as much as I hate to say it, probably Best as well). Henderson is behind Taylor, Collo, Williamson, Hall and Kadar in terms of quality, whilst troisi would have to oust either Enrique, Raylor, Simpson (a young player himself) and Kadar in order to get 1st team opportunities.

    Kadar has played double figures this season and is still very much a youth prospect, please don’t let that fact pass you by!

  • nightfa11

    May 4, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #17

    BT7MAG – sure..i understand..but for cup game he sent 7 youngsters on to play against 1st team.. glad they got the chance, but elimination was inevidable with such line-up.

    as for vuckic..he was injured..ok…but he played for about 30 minutes for the 1st team this year..even though we won the league weeks ago.. i’m not saying he should play much more but at least few matches..& also there are other youngsters who deserve a chance… every youngster who stands out should be involved in EVERY match (5-10 min) in CCC if u ask me…IF we already decided for the youth policy..

    so yes i’m worried..what’s more important? coca cola record or preparing youngsters for next year – for the future? this season was perfect for that..

  • richietoon

    May 4, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed….You say the statement will “apparently” say ashley is committed to the club…….That would imply you’ve seen it or have been told the contents,is that true or is that just what you hope it will say? HWTL

  • BT7MAG

    May 4, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #19

    nightfa11, I agree to an extent, youth should be an integral part of our squad. But one thing Hughton has done magnificently well this season, is keep a real harmony in the playing staff.

    Look at people like Ryan Taylor, Nicky Butt and more so in recent weeks Alan Smith. How would they have felt being relegated to the reserves because a 17 year old put in a good performance in the u18’s.

    It’s not as easy as simply saying; ‘you’re in/you’re out’, theres lots of other factors to consider.

    And to be fair, I don’t think Hughton is too conscious of age. Kadar has played a lot this season, Danny Simpson is only 21, and Carroll has been a first team regular despite being in the reserves almost all of last year.

    If the young lads can take their chance when offered they’ll be rewarded!

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 4, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Mike Ashley’s Statement:

    1) I have sold the naming rights to the stadium and it will no longer be known as St James’s Park

    2) CH will be moved upstairs to Director Of Football

    3) The new PUMA kit is Red and White

  • nightfa11

    May 4, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #21

    BT7MAG – i understand..but if we were being relegated, smith , butt & r.taylor should be quiet.. they were average in CCC..& we all know how butt & smith played last year.. in my opininon they were the reason we got relegated. they couldnt make 1 succesfull pass/match..

    anyway..i hope u’re right tho..& youngsters will get a chance.. it’s just funny how some people say they need to earn their chance..& in the next sentence they say barton should be our starter – a man who didnt deserve anything so far…especially not a chance in the 1st team.


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