Hughton Very Very Confident Of Adding To His Squad

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has confirmed today that he has been fully briefed by the club’s directors since that statement was released 9 days ago by the Newcastle Board.

Chris Hughton – fully briefed by the club on financial matters

And the bottom line with Chris is that he says he is very comfortable with what he has been told.

But Chris is sometimes cagey and he refused the Newcastle Journal’s request for clarification of parts of the statement specifically to do with “no new capital outlay on players.”

Chris today has reiterated basically what he said yesterday – that he is confident – very very confident – of new players arriving in the summer.

This is what Chris told the Newcastle Journal’s Mark Douglas today:

“I’m very, very confident that we will be able to make additions from what I’ve been told,”

“I’m aware of where the club is financially and I’m aware of what the situation is and I am confident that we’ll be able to strengthen the squad.”

“My job now is to make sure we go into the season with a squad that is able to cope with what will be a tough season.”

“As I have said before, I do believe that we have the nucleus of a squad good enough to keep us in the Premier League. But at the same time I also believe that we have to add to the squad – because going into the Premier League is a very big ask.”

“I don’t want to put a number on the amount of new players we need but I’m confident there will be a few new players. We will assess it as we go along.”

The feeling at the club seems to be that the transfer market will be rather slow  this summer, with not many clubs willing to spend too much money on new players – except those that want people to know they have lots of money to waste – like Manchester City for instance.

Reports are that Roberto Mancini will be given £150M to spend – but he may be hard pressed to spend that amount – and he needs so much less to make Manchester City into a better side than they are.

But with the Portsmouth example and other clubs like Hull City and Preston now struggling to make ends meet , it seems like a lot of clubs are finally coming to their senses – Newcastle being only one club in that category.

If Chris is fine with what he was told by the Newcastle Board, and is very very confident new players will arrive this summer – that has to be good news.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    May 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    heard that same quote before from previous managers!

  • Ericles

    May 18, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    I believe CH has more sense and acumen than the fat man will ever have. CH is our manager not a financial advisor to the treasury. I also believe he has his targets and they are going to be worthwhile additions to the squad and I for one am trusting him more and more. We all have our ideas who we want to come to NUFC. Presently CH seems to agree with many of us who we do not want to come to the club. A the outgoing minister said – money is no object cos there isn’t any!

  • henok ethiopian toon

    May 18, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #3

    i have been hearing this conversation for the last few mon…but lets see ..our stupid owner wont give any money and Chris is only going to bring free agents…why dont the club juts state “we want nufc to get relegated again”

  • Charlietoon

    May 18, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Was Koren any good for west brom?

  • henok ethiopian toon

    May 18, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    William Gallas (Arsenal)
    Mikael Silvestre (Arsenal)
    Philippe Senderos (Arsenal)
    Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham)
    Michael Ballack (Chelsea)
    Deco (Chelsea)
    Joe Cole (Chelsea)
    Juliano Belletti (Chelsea)
    Fabio Aurelio (Liverpool)
    Martin Petrov (Manchester City)
    Shaun Wright Phillips (Manchester City)
    David James (Portsmouth)
    Mario Melchiot (Wigan)
    Paul Scharner (Wigan)
    Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn)
    Simon Davies (Fulham)
    Luis Boa Morte (West Ham)
    Jermain Beckford (Leeds)
    Joe Ledley (Cardiff)

    And abroad:

    Kris Boyd (Rangers)
    Nacho Novo (Rangers)
    Danny Wilson (Rangers)
    Steven Smith (Rangers)
    Lee Naylor (Celtic)
    Michael Stewart (Hearts)

    Fabio Simplicio (Palermo)
    Rodrigo Taddei (Roma)
    Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus)
    Mark Bresciano (Palermo)
    Per Kroldrup (Fiorentina)

    Sidney Govou (Lyon)
    Kim Kallstrom (Lyon)

    Gonzalo Castro (Mallorca)
    Mariano Pernia (Atletico Madrid)
    Pablo Ibáñez (Atletico Madrid)
    Thierry Henry (Barcelona)
    Diego Costa (Valladolid)
    Kalu Uche (Almeria)
    Raul Tamudo (Espanyol)
    Walter Pandiani (Osasuna)
    Ariel Ibagaza (Villarreal)
    Robert Pires (Villarreal)
    Jerzy Dudek (Real Madrid

    Hamit Altintop (Bayern Munich)
    Jermaine Jones (Schalke)
    Ricardo Costa (Wolfsburg)
    Jose Paolo Guerrero (Hamburg)
    Timo Hildebrand (Hoffenheim)

    Urby Emanuelson (Ajax)

    here are some useless players u can get for free…

  • Ed Harrison

    May 18, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Charlietoon – I thought Koran already signed on at Leeds United??

  • Rotonda heights

    May 18, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7


    singed ?? alto or tenor ?

  • Ericles

    May 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8

    He is cheap so must be a tenner!!!!

  • BeeGuy

    May 18, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #9

    I think we should sign Mutu just to add extra spice when we have a go with Chelski. Abramovich would ask his players to get a pound of his flesh as part of the 32 million Roman would like back.


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