Is Fitz Hall Staying At Newcastle?

Chris Hughton has been interviewed in the Evening Chronicle today,  and he seems to add to what he had said yesterday – that he doesn’t see a lot of new players arriving over the summer.

Chris Hughton – only a few new faces this summer

Fabrice Pancrate has left the club and Nicky Butt has announced he will be leaving Newcastle and after these departures Chris told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I don’t see any more departures.” “And I’m not aware that anybody wants to leave at the moment.”

“What we have got is a group of players who have earned the right to play in that league.”

“It is a squad who are keen to stay together.”  “If you look through it we’ve got a good mix.”

“There are a few young ones in there who we will look at giving opportunities to go out on loan.”  “They have all played a part.”

Do those words mean that Fitz Hall is staying on Tyneside,  or was that an oversight by Chris, or was Chris assuming  he is already going back to QPR?

As we reported earlier today Hughton does not seem to be planning major changes to his squad and is expected to add up to four new players over the summer, maybe fewer, and hopefully  a few top youngsters in addition to that.

Chris added:

“Patience is the key word as far as transfers are concerned.” “There is now a long period over the summer until the new season starts and the window shuts in August.”

“Over that time we’re going to hear a lot of names and see a lot of speculation.”  “Any real business won’t start for a few weeks yet and that is the norm in football, not just at Newcastle United.”

“At the moment we aren’t anywhere in confirming names and only at a stage where we are assessing what options we’ve got.”  “It’s just the normal process really.” “We wouldn’t want to jump in now because in the coming months other players may be available.”

“At the moment we’re fortunate that we’ve had a very good season.” “The feel-good factor is here and this is a club that a lot of people will want to be at.”   “We have to evaluate each case and part of that process includes being patient.”

This season may be even worse (or better – whichever way you look at it), in terms of Newcastle being linked with new players over the summer.

We’ll just have to wait and see, but of course we’ve already been linked with a lot of players.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Toon Sweden77

    May 7, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    As long as he´s further down than Kadar in the pecking order I wouldnt mind if he stays. Gives hes all when called upon.

  • Ericles

    May 7, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #2

    “We wouldn’t want to jump in now…” Who or what are you waiting for CH? Others on this site have pointed out that player fees will jump around world cup time. Are we waiting for out of contract players? Has Ashley told you “go cheap”? I am very suspicious of the tune CH is starting to play, and the song he is starting to sing.

  • henok

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #3

    There we go patience…any way hall is one huge ass mothe Fu*clerk who isn’t even going to make the reserve team …I don’t belive it we relesed Morris why on earth did we do that …and the whole thing about patience we have been saying that since the departure of Boby robson god rest his soul…I acctualy bet on chris will get sacked after 10 games we r going to probably loss 8 and draw 2 I will see

  • stk85

    May 7, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    ed – how about a round up of rumoured and linked players every week on a friday lets say? merits of their aquistion and a truth rating against each so we can see who we’ve been linked with

    i don’t think we need many. 4 faces. sigurdsson, adam, ireland, hall permanently, and some cover at left back would be the sorts of players we need.

    but yes, not impressed with hughtons lack of ambition. unless, this way, his players gain the confidence to believe they can compete with anyone

  • Brutooon

    May 7, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #5

    go for dos santos

    ireland are linked with Liverpool and Man Utd

  • Davies

    May 7, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Hughton’s been saying all along that wholesale change is not required. We have the basis of a premier league squad and a few more players will make us competitive.


    We’ll get what we can afford and it will be enough.

  • dougnufc

    May 7, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #7

    @ Brutooon

    Dos Santos would be perfect, he has pace and a little bit of creativity that will suit well partnering with Carroll.

    He has a handful of talent but Spurs are not noticing it, if we can snatch him for 4 million that would be great

  • ginkoh

    May 7, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #8

    In the past, The players who press told us interested to sign, how many of them was here ? no many but almost players we signed not even on the paper (some of them we never know his name ^^). Good job for our transfer activity and I hope this summer will be the same. Keep the faith ! Howay the lads.

  • Newutd

    May 7, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Best, Ameobi, Loven and Carroll.

    Is that the strikeforce we will see in PL next year? If so is, Hughton have done a big mistake. Carroll have had his first good season, Loven too really (remember we let him go for free because of how bad he was in PL). I have trust in especially Carroll though, but it’s not enough. Ameobi has been shite every season in the PL. Best – nuff said.

    I feel as if he is preparing us for VERY few new players in. Exciting and scary times in front of us now.

  • Ericles

    May 7, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #10

    That is it folks. It is the “Gorshkov Principle” or “when the balloon goes up we go with what we’ve got because there will be no chance for reinforcements”. Is CH really telling us about our transfer options in terms of an outdated Soviet naval theory? I am beginning to feel very cautious about CH’s caution – it seems a far cry from the end of season euphoria, pride and expectation already.

  • toonry13

    May 7, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #11

    a player like kris boyd up front with carroll would pose a threat in the premiership. doubt he would want to move from rangers though. dos santos would definitely add soomething different to the squad. ireland would be a great addition as well but im sure he has higher ambitions

  • P.I.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Ericles, I fear you comment may have floated straight over the head of many of the bloggers here, regardless, I agree with your sentements.

    I’m fearful Hughton has been warned awau from many, if any, money transfers by Cashley, and that the only chance we have of adding new blood will have to be through free transfers and the scouts for youngsters.
    Fitz Hall would be another player to add to the squad and therefore i’m OK with his would-be addition, however he’s not exactly world class and could be found wanting at the top level.

    I would understand if Hughton was weary about wanting to keep the Geordie public in a realistic mindset, but the recent utterings would suggest he’s been told he’s got to wheel and deal on a shoe string budget.

    We can only wait and see hoe the summer pans out, and the World Cup will at least serve perpose in distracting our attentions away from Newcastle’s transfer activity (or lack thereof) but I for one, will not be holding much hope of Ashley splashing the cash.

  • nuttyward

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #13

    CH is only the sounding board for the FAT MAN he has no intention of investing in players as he is trying recoup as much DOSH as he can , have they learnt nowt from last year most teams in prem would take us to the cleaners unless we get more players in the CCC is oh so different from the prem but MA is not one bit concerned get the FAT MAN OOT he has no idea what these fans want same old summer few out and nee one in

  • cupiddstunt

    May 7, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #14

    I think he has quite a good idea of what the fans want (WELL SOME OF THEM) and it is just pure Walter Mitty land.

    You are going right back to the old ways of demanding instant success and I would have thought that the last ten to fifteen years had taught you all a little something but obviously not!!!

    We have a good group at the present and it just needs a little tweaking here and there to bolster it for the coming season.

    Change too many players or the makeup of the team and you risk losing the togetherness, I think we will survive quite well in the prem next season just as we are, there are six to ten teams in the prem that are not streets ahead of us in talent and we have a team attitude that is far better and it will bring us through plenty of games.

    Consolidation is the key word for next season and you do not need big names for that you need big hearts.

  • Artemus

    May 7, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #15

    @henock: “we r going to probably loss 8 and draw 2 I will see”

    How I would love to wager on that. I predict you won’t be the least bit humbled by your ridiculous forecast come next November, no matter how wrong you are.

  • bkeena00

    May 8, 2010 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Well said cupiddstunt lad. We all need to get a grip of ourselves. We are not a big draw for top players at the moment. We need a striker and some cover in a few positions, but we are not in a position to start bringing in big name stars again (thank God).
    Oh, and on the Stephen Ireland front, I’m from Ireland and I can tell all the toon faithful, he is the last thing the club needs. He was poison in the Irish squad dressing room and would be trouble in Newcastle.


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