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.