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.