Does Hughton Really Have Nothing To Spend This Summer?


It seems like we will need to wait for Chris Hughton to try to clarify just what transfer funds will be made available to him this summer  by the Newcastle club.

Chris Hughton – with Championship trophy

It’s the sentence in Newcastle’s statement of last night which stated:

“There is no plan for new capital outlay on players.”

In an article today in the Newcastle Journal,  it seems that Luke Edwards tried to clarify what that meant with the club – and he didn’t get any more clarification on that statement.

You could argue there was already a plan in place for capital outlay this summer – so there’s no new plan. 😀

But it seems that really does say there will be no capital made available to the manager for transfers this summer, and that may come as a surprise to the manager himself.

We should get a better understanding of this when Chris gives his next interview, although Chris can be cagey too.

And there are good players available as free agents this summer, and some younger players that could be brought in for little money – so we still expect maybe 3-4 new players being transferred in during the summer to augment the squad.

We’ll look forward to when Chris is quizzed about what no plan for new capital outlay on players really means.

Comments welcome.



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28 comments so far

  • peterktoon

    May 10, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #1

    2 Players we can get: Marlon Harewood and Jamie Beckford :(….

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  • PrinceAlbert

    May 10, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #2

    I do believe that the statement of “There is no plan for new capital outlay on players” is ambiguous as there is a full section on Players Agents…..

    MA is obviously trying to pour cold water on the supporters expectations, any signings hereon in will be a result!! I can’t think of any recent NUFC transfers over £5m (besides for AS) that have proven real value for money anyway…

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  • Aussie Toon

    May 10, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #3

    prince albert –
    jonas? colo? enrique? maybe the only three though..

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  • PrinceAlbert

    May 10, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Aussie Toon – Worth the price paid?

    Colo £1om Enrique £6m for a good season in the CCC??? Not not value for money in my books…

    I give you – Colo £10m, Xisco £5.7m, Enrique £6m, Barton £5.8m, Martins £10.1m, Boumsong £8m, Parker £6.5m, Luque £9.5m, Owen £17m…..

    Not one of those have been a success based on their transfer fee….

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  • derekm

    May 10, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #5

    before everyone starts slagging off ashley – take a look at the reality of Portsmouth, Hull, West Ham and many many others in the premier.
    The statement reflects the balance sheet – we have been losing dosh big style for the last two years – only Ashley’s backing has got us back to the premier, he has paid the big wages to keep higher quality players than all of the other clubs in the championship after all – hence the title delivered by eleven clear points.
    Personally I believe if they were offered a player who they knew was a bargain and the right mindset for the team they’d find the money. Hughton must have had an input towards the end of the season and presumably he felt that at a push the development of Kadar, Vuckic Ranger and
    the others in the stiffs / juniors might just enable a plan to survive season one back in the top flight. Equally any agent hawking his player knows what he can expect, so we at least should’nt be held to ransom when they come knocking, especially post world cup!

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  • nightfa11

    May 10, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Aussie Toon – & martins:) he’s no world class player..but he’s great for “ok” teams which play defensive tactics with only 1 forward. wasnt worth 10 mio tho.

    we need a proven striker: like i said..perfect would be to get gignac for about 6 mio & albin,

    so we’d have; carroll, loven, gignac & albin (send ranger on 1 year loan & when he comes back he replaces loven) sell: shola, best, xisco.

    we also need a winger, creative midfielder: gourcuff is the best young player on the market – new zizou so there’s no chance in getting him…i read that we’re after cabaye..who also scores alot of goals..but lille’s in epl..so..guess we wont get him.. i honestly dont know who would be our best option: ireland? not many chances in getting him as well…but not impossible.. if we dont get any of them, id go for tosic on 1 year loan..or try with mata..valencia needs to sell & by bidding..what can we lose?

    as for RB: again..i’m clueless:) but there’s gotta be a good young cheap fullback in french league:)

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  • nightfa11

    May 10, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #7

    PrinceAlbert – parker is one of the best DMC in the league. BSA fu****d us over when he sold him & brought in barton..& smith..

    id have parker back in a sec..

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  • BeeGuy

    May 10, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #8

    MA is out of the box and ahead of the curve on what the other clubs will soon be saying. The party is over & the players will be taking pay cuts or moving on to other countries to earn their keep. What other MS is banking on is that other clubs will be reducing the quality of their sides to what NUFC has now-excepting the club owners who are willing to go “out of pocket” to have the best teams. What we can count on is that MS will open the wallet if it looks like his plan is premature & the club is facing relegation.

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  • Edd Case

    May 10, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #9

    I think we’re in this position for a while.

    You have to agree with PrinceAlbert – just look at the millions and millions wasted over the years on those players alone!!

    This is why the policy is sound. No spending on daft players, get some free transfers in – I saw a list on another thread with some awesome players on there, the likes of Kallstrom etc.

    Ok, wages may be an issue but it there’s no fee…??

    I’m well up for promoting within – where are all the Vuckic lovers now – this way, you’ll see a lot more of him for sure.

    Why are people moaning? Ashley is simply getting us right financially first, which is fine by me, I don’t think any of us want us to be another Leeds, Pompey or West Ham

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  • Isaac Hunt

    May 10, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #10

    If promoting from within is the new big thing than we need to get more coaching staff with better ideas.

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  • freddie

    May 10, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #11

    I cant see chris hughton attracting any decent players of note and i also think he will be found out managing at the top level. He is yet to win a game in the prem having managed spurs on seven occasions.

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  • nightfa11

    May 10, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #12

    i want a striker who will when he sees terry, alex, ivanovic, cole & chech in fornt of him will say.. f*** o**..this one is going in..

    & not..best.

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  • Rodzilla

    May 10, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #13

    …we’re doooooooooooooooooooooooomed.

    Our squad is paper thin, still. We were exceptionally lucky with injuries in the Championship. Very unlike NUFC. If we lost another 3 or 4 (Nolan, Enrique, Simpson, Carroll) we would have been buggered, I’m sure.

    Can Ashley not remember he reduced our squad by about 14 when we were relegated. I suppose we can still bring loan players in, so it may not be the end of the world.

    ….still quite disappointing, yet to be expected really. Fire up the rollercoaster………

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  • jimiley

    May 10, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #14

    This is a shrewd move by the NUFC board so as not to raise expectations at all. We have a good enough squad to cope in the Premiership. We do not need any new players to finish mid table. Next season we can kick on from there and sign a few players. Any expensive buys would only destroy a great team moral. Ashley has usually got it right. We do not want to end up a basket case like Portsmouth and free spending clubs chasing honours will end up going into administration. We are NUFC. We never win anything and never expect to. But it is vital that we survive as a club and Ashley win ensure we do. We should be grateful to him.

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  • 02jiw22

    May 10, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #15

    i hope we have around 10 mill to spend because if we spend nothing then we’ll get relegated and Ashley will lose a lot more money so i dont see how he could leave Hughton with nothing.

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  • ToOn_10

    May 10, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Capital outlay definition:
    Payments made in cash or cash equivalents over a period of more than one year. Capital outlays are used to acquire assets or improve the useful life of existing assets.

    To me this means that players won’t be bought if it means they have to pay for them over a period of say one year, for example werent we paying for michael owen 3 and a half years after we had signed him??

    i think there will be money to spend even if it is a small amount and when we sign the players it means we wont have to pay installments and therefore not lose money if we sell them on before contract ends

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  • WLtoon

    May 10, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Any NUFC fan does,nt want the club to end up like Portsmouth,but giving CH absolutely nothing to spend is taking the piss. He and his cronies are treating us and everyone else at the club with contempt if it turns out a fact. Even West Brom will be spending some money to try and SURVIVE next season. what does MA actually want. maybe another wad of parachute money if we get relegated AGAIN. I wonder how many Cashley backers will be praising him if that happens.

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  • Mr Books

    May 10, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #18

    14 Rodzilla?
    Duff, Beye, Martins, Bassong, Cacapa &
    Owen.
    I’ll throw you Edgar and Geremi as a bonus, but
    who are the other 6?

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  • Hobs

    May 10, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #19

    “No plan” = No exact amount is in the transfer kitty, but the club will invest in transfers when they see a good deal?

    I’m sure they woun’t tell CH no if a good player that will strenghten the team can be purchased for say £3mill?

    Also loan deals will cost a certain fee, so there must be at least limited some to spend on the right deal.

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  • Hobs

    May 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #20

    oh and sorry for that “some”, didn’t see that before posting..

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 10, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #21

    This season we would have stayed up with the squad that we have, but i struggle to see the poor teams next season now Hull Burnely and Pompey are gone. WBA and play off winners make up 20th and 19th and with our team at the moment its difficult to make up a 18th without really considering us.

    How can we get relegated with a team, loose players from that team who are now playing for europes biggests clubs, buy some championship players worth a total of 5 million and expect to stay up?

    The statement is pretty clear, sell before we buy. But what does no capital outlay mean? When we get a player on a free or loan it requires money to be spent on signing on fees and loan fees, so surely thats capital being spent?

    I think with 10million chris hughton could work wonders….replacement for Butt and a striker. I worry about our goals. Lets just hope Carrol, Shola and Lovenkrands can carry on from last season.

    I read a headline from another site “Say nothing, do nothing”. Seems exactly what the statement says.

    Anyway….Belletti, Boyd, Beckford, Albin, Scharner, Harewood, Sendoros, M.Petrov, Aurelio, Bouma, Morten Gamst Pederson…

    Take your pick from the above….not bad actually, especially Martin Petrov!

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  • Cockney Magpie

    May 10, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #22

    doesn’t that statement just mean we wont be paying for players over a period of time and therefore only buying players we can afford to pay the whole amount straight away for?

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  • Cockney Magpie

    May 10, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #23

    if that is what it means id be more than happy with that

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  • ToOn_10

    May 10, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Cockney Magpie check out my comment at 16. Definition straight from the mouth of Google.

    Agreed with the not paying for players over a period of time

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  • euanpolo

    May 10, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Next season:
    Bring in:
    Mario

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  • euanpolo

    May 10, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Sorry computer messed up!
    Bring in:
    Mario Melchiot
    Fabio Aurelio
    Ariel Ibageza
    Morten Gamst Pederson
    Kevin Kuranyi

    Wouldn’t cost any new capital outlay on payers.

    Could sell:
    R. Taylor
    Leon Best

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  • euanpolo

    May 10, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #27

    Whoa, just seen that Ibageza is 33, though he was 23! How about Joe Ledley instead then.

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  • henok

    May 10, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #28

    I am always negative on my coments but let’s see the ppditive side we will be back in the championship after a year …and we will be like westbrom fans one year happy next year sad …loool

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