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.