Hughton’s Very Positive Outlook On Newcastle’s Current Squad

It’s good to see Chris Hughton back talking to the press again today.

A terrific shot of Chris Hughton – Newcastle’s Hero

And while Chris didn’t talk about the transfer situation, he left little doubt that he is very positive in his outlook for next season, and in the squad he already has in place at Newcastle.

Chris  Hughton talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“I think the fans can be really proud of the team after what was achieved in the Championship.”“And I’m really pleased with the nucleus of the squad that we have here.”

“There is a feel-good factor among the players who finished the season, not to mention a big togetherness, and that can hold us in very good stead indeed.”

“We finished the season in good form and haven’t lost a game since February, so we have every reason to start the new season in confident manner.”

“We hope that we can transfer that form into the new season.”  “But what stuck out for me was, when we didn’t play so well in the last couple of games, we still got results.”

“That really speaks volumes for the group that we have at this moment.”   “So it’s very much a case of having some momentum going into next season.”

We’ll look to see what Chris says in the next few days, but as we’ve said a few times now, we think transfer money will be made available for Chris this summer.

Newcastle need say three new players during the summer, and even if the money comes out of Mike Ashley’s pocket, like  it did in January, that should do it.

After all the very last thing Mike Ashley wants is another relegation season.

And the news seems to be focusing on the Manchester United pair, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck,  as the two loan signings Chris would like to make for next season, but he has said he is not interested in Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.

Either one of those three talented players would strengthen the Newcastle squad – there’s no doubt about that.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Johno Toon

    May 12, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Think that is a very fair assesment from Chris , the players are playin for the shirt n we have a better team than we did when we went down. Maybe not on paper but football is played on the pitch not on paper.

    Think the statement from the other day of ‘ no captail investment ‘ is extremely vague and depedning if your pro ashley or anti ashley you could take it in different ways ,

    I was hopeing for between 10-20 million spent on new players but i think we are more looking at no more than 10 million to add to a good squad and build slowly n surley

  • Newutd

    May 12, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #2

    If would be very suprised, and very disappointed if one of the only players who are coming in is Welbeck. He just isn’t good enough – at all. Hasn’t proved a thing. Why should we play him? Why should Manu loan him to us?

    I am not for high profile buys, but lets not go for every mediocre/shitty player because they are cheap or for free. Let’s have SOME standard.

  • tomlkier

    May 12, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Beye’s been transfer listed by O’Niell. I hope we put in a bid for him.

  • Toon Sweden77

    May 12, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #4

    I Dont want Beye back here!

  • Craigg

    May 12, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Curtis Davies
    Luke Young
    Nigel Reo-Coker
    Steve Sidwell
    Nicky Shorey
    Habib Beye

    All transfer listed

    Reo-Coker and Shorey would be decent signings

  • WLtoon

    May 12, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Im not building my hopes up that we will have money to spend but after the statement that was brought out on sunday i,d be happy with 10M.There are plenty of decent prem players available on free transfers,many of them would improve our 1st team let alone our squad. My concern is that we will lose out on most of them due to Ashley,s wage cap.With the money CH might have at his disposal(if any) i think DinDan would be worth a go at just 2M. Beye would be a good addition but he,s probably too old and he jumped ship on us so i doubt he,d want to come back.

  • jimiley

    May 12, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #7

    We have a squad which should get us safely mid table so we don not need to buy any players. Loans signings will do nicely.
    Two questions.

    We are a club allegedly not in debt and MA does not want his money back (or so he claims) so what happens to the SKY money, the gate money, sponsorship money etc etc ? Surely not all of it going on wages unless every player is on 100K?

    Without improving the squad with the exception of loan players, just what is NUFC’s long term goal? Merely survival in the Prem? Surely not for a club in the top 20 of earners in Europe. Thats how you get relegated and I really do not want to watch the club strive to be 14th every season. Where has the soul of the club gone? We get promoted and immediatley Ashley kills it.

  • Captain Beefheart

    May 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Supply & demand. There will be enough class players looking for first team footy over the next 12 months, don’t worry. I think Ashley has the maths about right. No more panic buys or trading in the red, that’s for sure.

    If we can have a comfortable mid-table finished (8th I think is possible) then we reap the dividends next year. Pumping money in for big stars has NEVER won us anything, it’s about time patience and strategy prevailed above the fantasy football of the KK era that brought about the free signings & austerity of the KD era.

    Trophy signings never work unless you are one of the high rollers, just ask to see Mr Shearer’s medals if you need more proof. Stop moaning, it’s not like most people reading this blog have ever seen us lift a domestic trophy of any sort, let alone finish top…

  • henok

    May 12, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #9

    For any of u who think we will finish above 15 …let me say ur in some type of drug…how could this team face Blackburn or even westham …we will get our ass kicked. I am sure our manager will get saced after 10-15 games …I say let’s think a replacment for him..Ericson is avalable after the WC..

  • David19

    May 12, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #10

    I dont understand why newcastle fans are always so depressing. I’m just happy to be back in the prem, and lets be honest no one really knows whats going to happen this summer, but instead of just waiting to see what does happen people are acting as if the worlds going to end and yet again ashley gets 100% of blame.

  • G-Man

    May 13, 2010 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Anyone who thinks we will finish mid-table next season must be high, i’ve been to the majority of the games this season & our football has been pretty poor to be honest, yes we finished champions, but only because we were a better organized team than the rest of the league, a great amount of luck to was a major factor. At the back & down the left hand side we look good, but that will not be enough for the premiership. In my opion we need at least 4 quality players, a right back, a right winger, an attacking midfielder, and a striker. And most important of all they must be better than we already have, otherwise it will be a relegation scrap all season i fear, i hope am proved wrong, but it doesn’t take an expert to see what is needed, i just hope Ashley has learned his lesson, but can’t see it………..


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