There really hasn’t been too much news on the Newcastle club this week, following the statement released by the club on Sunday night, which caused more confusion than anything else.
Newcastle duo Colin Calderwood and Chris Hughton
With the Newcastle players now departed on their summer hols, manager Chris Hughton is working hard on who to bring in during the summer, and he commented today on how well last season went – almost the perfect season.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s certainly been a nice way to send them away.”
“We have achieved everything we set out to achieve at the start of the season. Could the season have gone any better? No.”
One way Newcastle could well do something big nexts eason, as well as surviving in the PL without needing a relegation fight is in the two Cup competitions, the Carling Cup and the FA Cup.
Last season Chris fielded weakened sides in the Carling Cup, and took the chance to start 6 teenagers in the 2-0 loss we suffered at Peterborough.
But quite honestly we were not too bothered because the only thing that mattered last season was for the club to gain promotion back to the Premiership and the lads did that.
Chris talked about the Cup competitions last season and admitted the emphasis had to be on the Championship and getting promoted:
“We went out of the cup competitions relatively early, but in the grand scheme of things of how the season has been, I don’t think that’s something we will regret too much.”
“The emphasis was always going to be on just getting promotion and the added bonus on top of that was winning the league, having the incredible home record we had and reaching over 100 points.”
“It couldn’t have gone any better for us.”
And Chris has waved goodbye to his players until they return on July 11th, and we expect England to have reached the finals of the World Cup at that time, and will probably play Argentina or maybe even Brazil. 😀
Hughton sent the lads off with their own personal training briefs so that when they return, they will still be in good shape.
And they certainly deserve the almost two months break they will get after doing a magnificent job for the Newcastle club last season, and restoring the pride and dignity on Tyneside.
It was a grueling 46 game schedule with the lads winning 30 games and losing only 4 – and only one league game in the last 33 games – which was a fantastic record of success.
“They deserve a good break and, hopefully, they will get their feet up and have a deserved rest.”
“The start of the season will quickly come round. Before we all know it we will be getting ready for pre-season.”
What Newcastle fans are looking for now is any hint as to who Newcastle may be after in the summer.
And of course before we get those hints, we’ll probably put out our own ideas about who could be a target – given we know there is not too much money available to spend this summer – and that the club may have to be satisfied with loan signings and free agents.
But Newcastle can still improve their squad this season, even if no money is available for transfers.
It’s upward and onward from now on.
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