Hughton To Rely On Same Newcastle Squad For Premiership

Two players will not be back at Newcastle next season, out of contract players Nicky Butt, the Newcastle captain,  and French winger Fabrice Pancrate.

Chris Hughton shares a joke with WBA boss Roberto Di Matteo

But it appears that manager Chris Hughton isn’t looking to offload any more players from his squad, and we are assuming that means Chris will keep on loan center-back Fitz Hall from QPR.

Hughton seems adamant that his Championship-winning squad should be given a chance in the Premier League – and they will – since there will not be much money available from Newcastle to bring in new players.

This is what Chris said today:

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

“What we’ve got is a group of players that have earned the right to play in that league. It’s a squad that are keen to stay together. If you look through it, we’ve got a good mix.”

“There are a few young ones in there, and we’ll look at giving them opportunities to go out on loan. They’ve all played a part.”

Since Chris will not have a lot of money to spend this summer, he will need to be very careful at bringing in the right players,  and we have to think he’ll be looking at the long free agent list this summer.

But the number of players he will bring in seems to be down to two or three players – and Chris will be in no rush to bring anybody in early.

Hughton added:

“Patience is the key word as far as transfers are concerned.”

“There’s 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 speculation.”

“Any real business won’t start for a few weeks yet, and that’s the norm in football, not just at Newcastle United.”

“At the moment, we aren’t anywhere near confirming names, and only at the stage where we are assessing what options we’ve got.”

“It’s just the normal process. We wouldn’t want to jump in now because in the coming months over players may be available.”

Of course the squad Newcastle now has is a lot stronger than it was last year in July, because we’ve seen significant improvement in a number of  our players like Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Kevin Nolan, Danny Guthrie, Tamas Kadar, Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll – and others – albeit in England’s second division.

The club have also brought in Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson and Wayne Routledge in January.

So the playing side of things is in good shape, especially when you think that players of the caliber of Steven Taylor and Joey Barton will be back just itching for a first team spot.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Ericles

    May 10, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Is this the new Come Dancing waltz we keep getting from CH? Slow, slow, slow slow, slow! His use of the word ‘patience’ is now becoming patronising in the extreme.

  • HendoNUFC

    May 10, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Ericles chill out! The premiership season only finished yesterday. God knows what you’ll be like come the 1st July when the transfer window actually opens.

  • BT7MAG

    May 10, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah Ericles, I don’t see how you can be annoyed at Hughton…

    Patience WILL be key, he has basically said, we will get players, but we won’t simply rush out and bring in anyone who’ll join right away.

    I’m happy with what he’s said and think he’s been very forthright.

    The young’ns that’ll go out on loan: Ranger possibly? I think Kadar and Vuckic will stay, and we’ll send out one of the 2 keepers again…I’d love to see Krul at Norwich and Forster as No.2, it’ll keep them both happy, test Krul and also keep good relationships with another club.

  • freddie

    May 10, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #4

    I read this morning that there will be no funds for players. If the squad wasnt good enough when it got relegated how is it going to compete this time around?

  • nightfa11

    May 10, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #5

    “Any real business won’t start for a few weeks yet, and that’s the norm in football, not just at Newcastle United.”

    why is this “the norm”? i say sign em up today.. but leave 1 player for august so we’ll have sth to speculate 😀

    anyway..i’m sure we’re after few players..we have scouts across europe..i think club just doesnt wont to raise our hopes up cos we might miss out on primary targets..& if this happens it’s better to sign players who might or might not deliver on loan.

  • freddie

    May 10, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #6

    nightfall- i dont think the calibre of players the club will be able to attract will get anyones hopes up. The days of attracting your ferdinands, owens asprillas and beardsleys are long gone.

  • big bob

    May 10, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #7

    dont think the club will be bothered the slightest about raising fans hopes up
    when in the last 2/3 years have they raised supporters hopes up
    how by releasing this statement can they expect fans to buy season tickets and merchandise what a pathetic statement and could it actually be released at a worse time
    club was on a high supporters expectant

  • Toon Sweden77

    May 10, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #8

    The defence and midfield are ok for the premiership but Carroll and Lovenkrants could use some support/backup up front. Ameobi has already proved hes not premstandard and Best.. eeemm, no.

  • nightfa11

    May 10, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #9

    true..but the quality of players is way better.. 20 years ago only biggest nations invested in players…now..almost the whole world (with coaching staff, faciliies, etc).. there’s a lot of good players out there..but to find the perfect combination for us..that’s a bit tricky:) i dont want star players – just players who already proved the world they can get the job done against good teams..& who do dont get scared when they’re under pressure.

  • BudroBeardo

    May 10, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Actually, I am quite confident that they’ll be able to bring couple of new faces in. CH’s wait and see approach implements that there is some intention to do business. And according to my understanding, the club statement only says that Fat Mike won’t put any of his own money into transfer kitty and tranfers will not be funded with further loans.

    As the club in its current financial state cannot participate in bidding wars or shoveling out over-inflated transfer fees, they rather wait PL and European top dogs to reshuffle their packs, and keep an eye on their cast aways on bargain prices.

    What comes to free transfers, I can’t see Newcastle attracting any of the available top names with current reputation or high wages.

  • Ericles

    May 10, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #11

    How many of the get behind Ashley brigade on this site this morning so far have ever seen NUFC relegated and promoted more than one or twice? I first went to see our club play, aged 6, in 1951. Since then I have been a fan through thick and thin and through many ups and downs. But never in all those years have I witnessed such a contemptuous patronising spiv like Ashley running NUFC. Chill out? He gives not a jot about NUFC. He is simply here for the money, money, money. And the sooner he clears out of our lives the better. CH, despite all of his great achievement this season, has been misled by Ashley in the cause of that fat man lining his pockets at the expense of the loyalist fans this country has ever known.

  • SGToona

    May 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Having been a subtle reader of this site (great job Ed!) for quite some time, I have never really developed the urge to comment until now.

    As frustrating as the official report may seem, which understandably shaken up a few fans, there is a light at the end of that tunnel.

    Some fans have been suggesting that MA had not learnt his lesson and that we will become a yoyo club like some other clubs.

    However, please try and take a minute to absorb what we have achieved this year – Champs of the Championship, Top defensive record, 1 of the few clubs to reach 100pts tally, record attendances, record number of clean sheets, sky high morale etc etc. This is all achieved with the majority of last years players + a few of more than decent players (signings or on loan). While some may argue that these players are championship quality at best, I say these are champions whom proved that they are the best in this league. Now the least they deserve is a chance to in the EPL and prove the nayers/doom mongers/death merchants etc wrong, exactly what was achieved this year (newcastle to do the next leeds this season – remember?)

    Coming back to the club statement, it did forbid the signing of players. What it did mentioned is that there will be no capital outlay. Simply put, shrewd loan signings and freebies (and there are quite a few talented ones this year to suit our needs (not wants)) are still open for discussions.

    So I implore you, the loyal fans of NUFC, let us be more positive and give the lads a chance. Do what we do best, pack the stadium, sing our hearts out and intimidate the shite out of the opponents. Who knows? MA might just decide to surprise a few of us and do what was done the last Jan transfer window.

    Half cup full … at least till somewhere ard mid season.

  • henok

    May 10, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #13

    For those of u who thinks we can make it ur not a football fan ..ur just some crak heads comparing Carroll, Jose and Jonas with drogba, evra or nasri …I hate being a fan of this club haven’t been happy since the king left (I meen the recent one ) and before that it was robsons days that I liked nufc…every season I loss at least 1000$ because of them luckly they will go back to the coca cola before we know it so I will be trilled to see them play with the likes of palace and boro


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