Cloud Of Uncertainty Hangs Over Newcastle


There is a certain cloud of uncertainty over Newcastle United right now, as the fans try to come to terms with the fact that Mike Ashley may give Chris Hughton nothing in the transfer market this summer, to strengthen the team for the upcoming return to the Premiership.

Alan Smith talks to Hughton and Calderwood at Benton

Strangely enough we are still fairly confident that Chris Hughton can get the job done under difficult circumstances this summer and indeed strengthen the squad with loan signings and free agents – but it will be a tough task.

Alan Smith has come our today and warned fans things will be a lot tougher in the PL next season, but we are all very well aware of that.

Alan Smith told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“We have to realise next season is going to be very different to what we got used to in the Championship.”“We’re not going to dominate it, we’re not going to win every week.”

“We are going to lose more games, but when we have the setbacks we have to stick together. We have to remember the things that got us into the Premier League in the first place.”  “We have found a lot of strength and unity and that has to continue.”

“I’m sure the fans enjoyed the season in the Championship as much as any because they’ve had a lot of good results to celebrate, but we will need them more next season than ever.”

Smith had his best season ever last season, and we have to hope that he has another good season back in the PL, since it’s players with the experience of Alan that will important to the squad next season.

The former Manchester United, Leeds and England star has been plagued by injury since he arrived on Tyneside, but he was able to start 33 games last season with an extra two substitute appearances.

But in the two season prior to that Alan had started only 34 games with an extra 9 sub appearances due to his many injuries.

Alan continued:

“I can’t wait to get back into the Premier League,” “I’m really looking forward to it.”

“I’ve loved the season in the Championship, it’s probably been one of the most enjoyable seasons I’ve ever had, if not the most enjoyable.”

“Everyone wants to play against the best players and test themselves, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like that when you are getting the run around off them.”

“We’ve got some good characters and good togetherness, we are looking forward to it – but it’s going to be tough as well.”

Newcastle were 10th in the betting for which team would win the Premiership next season, so certainly the people that know think Newcastle will be mid-table next season.

That’s what most fans would like to see,  because we cannot become one of those teams that yo-yo between the Championship and the Premiership.

Hopefully our relegation was a one off when everything and the kitchen sink seemed to conspire to take the club down, and the lads now have what they didn’t in that relegation season – fighting spirit and a do or die attitude.

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12 comments so far

  • balubas1

    May 17, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    If the right player is there, for the right price.. I think the money will be there also.

    No reason too hit the alarm yet.

    If the season 10/11 ends in tragedy, and no players are brought in, I will personally hit the red button;)

    Finances seem to be under control, and therefore, there are always some “playmoney” available if the right player comes along.

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  • Ericles

    May 17, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    How can anybody be surprised at the position taken by Ashley? He is a profiteer and cheapjack dealer who sees NUFC as a means to line his pockets. He gives not a jot for fans, for Newcastle or Tyneside. The psivs he recruited are ample evidence of that. No matter. The response is that we have to back CH and the staff and the players to the hilt. In games we are going to have to dig deep and rely on CH and his scouts to find quality freebies to bolster the squad. If Ashley was on fire I would not pee on him.

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  • Craigg

    May 17, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Well said Ericles

    Another freebie maybe worth a look is Robert Koren from West Brom turned down a contract this morning

    Bit of creativity

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  • obamagic

    May 17, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #4

    i think we should consider bringing in Dorian Dervite from Spurs…. he’s also out of contract.

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  • macn0ble (Finland)

    May 17, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #5

    4 all the whiners out here.

    a) Where does it say that NUFC isn’t gonna buy new players?

    b) If Newcastle doesn’t have the money, with what they should buy these players, with Asheleys money? He doesn’t have to put a penny in any longer, he has put enough already

    c) Why in the name of all good, should a football club have to inform all their business to their Fans? I mean, some guys over here are bit, as they say in the, London press, deluded. If players come, fine, if not, fine.

    The Press has made most of this “no capital outlay” announcement, just because they are pissed for the zero transfer information they have to get by from now on. And now some of the fans are taking the bait, Jesus!

    Calm down, shut up and whine about the ins and outs when the window closed again.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    May 17, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Ericles, you are way off the mark, and way out of order. Ashley has single handedly kept this club out of administration with his (interest free) loans. I neither love nor loathe the man, but my opinion of him has gone up as a result of last season’s performance. When it mattered he stumped up – especially in January.

    For many years NUFC had become a retirement / rest home for over indulged ‘stars’ like Dyer and Owen, this reliance of outrageous spending did our position in the league no good, or our accounts. It also blocked the youth conveyor belt by removing incentive. We only remember the half dozen top half finishes, the rest of the Prem years were pretty ropey and financially disastrous.

    Building a team cannot be done in two months with a chequebook, under the old system we would have signed a star no9 for £5m-7m and sold Carroll for a million or so to Wolves. Instead in a year we have the BEST strike prospect in the county with a price value that is already around £5m – for NOWT.

    Ashley has a gem in Hughton, and no matter how hard this season is we will be better off by the end of it financially and football wise with Vuckic, Kadar et al playing for REAL places in a REAL career path which will encourage other talented youngsters to head north.

    Ashley is dead on with this – as 55 years without a domestic trophy despite the outrageous spending proves only too well.

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  • SirBobby

    May 17, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Doesn’t matter lets just get on with it!!!

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  • Johno Toon

    May 17, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Spot on Captain Beefheart , Spot on

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  • DONALDO

    May 17, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #9

    well said Captain Beefheart

    Ericles, get a grip will you, we’re all bored of your anti Ashley blogs, without him we might not a have a club to support.

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  • Solaidback

    May 17, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #10

    The transfer window isn’t even open yet & alreadu the anti-Ashley crew are gearing up for yet another summer of ear-bashin & the like…

    I just hope & pray he proves you all wrong again, like he did in Jan & Ch gets funds to strengthen the team, not stupid money but enough to bring in the players we require to keep us up & as long as we stay up & finish about the Muckems, then I’ll be a happy TOON 🙂

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  • Davies

    May 17, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Ericles; do you see Mike Ashley when you go to sleep at night or something?

    No matter what the article, your response is generally a rant about our owner. Give it a rest will yer.

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  • cupiddstunt

    May 17, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #12

    I‘ve said it before on this blog we have in MA what was a very reclusive billionaire, up until he bought NUFC the press did not even have a photo of him let alone any info on him, he never ever entertained the press and all of his business was basically done behind closed doors.

    He buys NUFC and suddenly he is thrust into the limelight, he still lets others do the talking for him like Chris Mort then the owl. But all I see is a man that is still playing things close to his vest, he is not letting things out as that is the way he has always done business it made him a billionaire so for him it worked.

    So please tell me do why should he release to all and sundry what his true plans are and how he is planning to proceed with this venture that is NUFC?

    He has been quite successful in his business dealings up until now so why do you think he is going to let NUFC collapse and lose him hundreds of millions of pounds.

    I think it’s pretty obvious that there are still some of you that are demanding the purchase of big names and yet I cannot really think in the last 54 years I have supported this club when it has really done any good at all. To release a list of names that we are interested in will only put other on the alert and allow the selling club to try and start a bidding war, as has happened in the past.

    I quite like this new NUFC they appear to be using a bit of brain about their business dealings.

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