Hughton To Get Job Done In Summer With Or Without Funds


Newcastle manager Chris Hughton will strengthen his side this summer, but it’s looking like he will have no transfer funds from Mike Ashley to assist him in this difficult task.

Chris Hughton – not much money available to strengthen squad

There was news today that Chris is trying to sell Xisco to Spanish club Racing Santandar, so presumably any money he gets for Xisco would be used to bring in new players.

But we cannot think Newcastle will get any more than say £1M for the former Spanish U21 striker, even though Newcastle paid a massive £5.7M for the 23 year-old a short two years ago.

Hughton, 51, knows he has to improve his squad and has already talked this week about being very very confident of bringing new players to Tyneside.

Of course one of Chris many good characteristics is that he’s not one to complain, and is now busy getting on with the job in hand, working within the tight constraints placed on him because of Newcastle’s financial plight.

Newcastle had an operating loss of £37.7M for the 2008-09 financial year and have a five year plan where the target is to break even by the 2015-2016 season.

But Chris Hughton has thrived on Tyneside since being handed the manager job, first as a stand-in last July and then in October when  he celebrated the permanent manager appointment at Newcastle by winning his first 7 games for the famous Tyneside club.

Hughton said today:

“It is a big job ahead but we are under no illusions. Yes, we will sign some players but I don’t expect to be making wholesale changes.”

“Where things have changed in the game is that there is not the sort of money available which was spent in the past.”

For some reason we remain confident that Chris can get the job done this summer, but don’t expect any signings until late June at the earliest.

And of course Chris will also have to rely on season-long loan deals as well, with winger Tom Cleverley and striker Danny Welbeck of Manchester United being two likely targets.

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24 comments so far

  • Ericles

    May 19, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #1

    We cannot keep the Xisco Kid – send him off into the Spanish sunset with Pancho! He will have to be sold at a loss we know – thanks to Dennis (the menac) Wise. But – we may get enough to spend on a promising youngster.

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  • Charlietoon

    May 19, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Arghh.

    I’d love to sell Ameobi for 3 mill to a championship side or West Brom but you cant get rid of him and keep Best who has scored and done nothing….though Best may have more potential long term if he starts scoring. I’d not min seeing xisco best and ameobi going leaving us with Carroll, Mclovin, Ranger and who ever we can afford to loan like Carlos Vela.

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  • Ericles

    May 19, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #3

    According to Sky transfer gossip Xisco is now back with us full time until we sell him. What next?

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  • ToonArmy

    May 19, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Sell ameobi, xisco and hopefully we can get about 3-4m to spend on loans and maybe 1-2 decent signing.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    May 19, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Ameobi is permanently attached to the club on a bizarre form of devil’s contract only issued to select local lads. As a youngster Shola stood at Four Lane Ends when a black limo drew up. The long spiny fingers of a patch-eyed deadite beckoned him closer.

    “So, you wanna be a pro footballer, son? Sign in blood here! Just remember, when you leave the club your soul is mine”

    Steve Harper was also issued with one when accidentally standing at the old Seaham Colliery entrance, which explains why he will still be playing for the reserves when in his fifties…

    You see, folks, these poor souls have no choice but to stay at the club forever – or suffer the torments of hell. And yes, I’m afraid it’s true, horribly true, that Zombie Lord Westwood still runs the club from beyond the grave..!!! Ashley is only his earthly minion, the real power remains deep, deep underground.

    How else do you think we got promoted first time?

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  • G

    May 19, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Bit early in the day to be hitting the Disco Biscuits isnt it Capn Beefy?

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  • TinoAsprilla

    May 19, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Captain Beefheart

    I like that a lot, classic, more likely true than false as well. Does that explain Robbie Elliott too? even when you thought he was gone, he came back as a fitness coach of all things!!! Fitness!!!

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  • lesh

    May 19, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #8

    It may be me but I can’t see a direct correlation between trying to sell Xisco and looking like he will have no transfer funds.

    Xisco hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in his tiime with us and as the club’s trying to get its finances in order (a stratgey that makes sense given FIFA’s soon to be mandatory rule that clubs be self-sufficient), it makes a lot of sense to get the dead-wood, the uneccesaary overheads shipped out.

    Let’s not speculate too much on whether or not there’s money available for incomers as it does not serve any useful purpose. There is the real risk that any prolonged speculation on lack of money, can only cast doubts in the minds of young ambitious kids like Ledley.

    Surely and without too much spinning, we should be accentuating the positives and just forget that that statement ever came out. It was fine if it was indeed a tactic to spell out the club’s position in regard to transfer dealings but it could backfire on us if we continue to speculate and spin the negatives.

    We, as fans, can do nothing about the club’s strategy and the sooner we get that into our heads, the better!

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  • Ericles

    May 19, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Am I thinking right that Westwood had an eye patch? Or was that some other pirate who sank his claws into NUFC? The theory about the undead may be right – after all NZombia made it to Wigan.

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  • G

    May 19, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Well said lesh, looks like the blog could do with a reality check. Last couple of days we seem to have gone from ‘anything above the bottom 3 considered success’ to ‘spend x million and we will be in europe, also x isnt up to the prem’? What’s changed to bring in the blind optimism?

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  • ToonArmy

    May 19, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Agreed lesh, I’ll take 17th position next season over empty hopes of europe back in our 1st season. More fans need to see that the everton/villa way works. Build up slowly with a clear goal(europe) in mind and in a few years, we’ll be there.

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  • lesh

    May 19, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #12

    CHeers G, glad you’ve got your feet on the ground.

    ‘Sfunny how folks perceptions can change in such a short space of time – the club’s facing a reality check and that’s exactly what a lot of supporters need too.

    I’ve got the tin-hat on as I await the barrage!!

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  • lesh

    May 19, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Cheers ToonArmy, there’s three of us now…. sounds like the Magnificent Seven!!!

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  • Mr Books

    May 19, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t know if we’ll shift Xisco. To be honest I do feel a bit sorry for the kid – he joined a group of individuals with plunging morale, not a team, saw 3 different managers in the space of his first three months. Despite scoring on his debut, it was still a loss to Hu in the first press talk about him he was roundly accused of causing an icon to walk out on the club.
    If Best is worthy of a second chance, then Xisco has more goals in as many starts and cameos and they are Prem goals, not Fizzy Pop – and he’s the same age.

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  • Mr Books

    May 19, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d also be tempted to see if Steve Finnan fancied a 1 year deal. He’s a bit over the hill, but available on a free, unlikely to be looking for a silly wage, would provide good cover for Simpson, and also probably help him improve faster. Plus he looked decent in the cup Final and a couple of times I’ve seen Pompey play this year.

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  • G

    May 19, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #16

    I think the difference with Best and Xisco, is that Best seems to put himself around quite a bit Mr Books, wheras Xisco has the looks of not interested about him. I will be happy to give him a 2nd chance also, but from what I have seen, Best looks like he has a shot at doing the biz, where Xisco looks like he belongs in a less physical league.

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  • Ericles

    May 19, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Mr Books may have a valid point vis a vis value of Xisco and Best. Neither settled at the club – save money and see if both do have something to offer now that CH is in charge?

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  • G

    May 19, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Arguably a good point Ericles, but I think CH has made Xisco’s position of ‘not in his plans’ quite clear, so I would have to assume that he isn’t going to get a shot. Apparently CH saw enough of him when he was the assistant / caretaker manager.

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  • Ezedoesit

    May 19, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #19

    I wish we could raise money somehow (sell Steven Taylor if need be) and get in a good striker (STEVEN FLETCHER). I guess I’ll just wait and see.

    In the meantime READ MY BLOG
    http://raverantreview.wordpress.com/

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  • Mr Books

    May 19, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #20

    G – None of the players put themselves about that season, but they still formed the core of the team that got us back up this season with a much better attitude.
    I have a bit of a suspicion that he might be a bit more of a trier if he was brought back into what is now a team again, especially given the change in morale of the Spanish speaking contingent. Even into the first couple of games of this season there were plenty of comments about how Colocini, Enrique and Jonas were on the fringe of celebrations etc. Slight change in attitude from every member of the squad by the time we were heading back up with the Bull scoring his goal and getting piled on!
    I know what you are saying about CH – but to me, any 21/22 year old brought into that dressing room in that season – you have to write it off and give them another crack. Not saying he will be any good – he didn’t light any fires at Racing this year. Just think that he fits the criteria that the club keep banging on about. Young, has unfulfilled potential and price wise, well we already bought him so not new capital expenditure.

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  • skutball1892

    May 19, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Has anyone seen Robert Acquafresca from Genoa? He’s played for Inter, and scored 24 goals in 60 appearances for Cagliari and 11 goals in 21 Italian under 21s. He’s only 22 and I think he would be a great replacement for Xisco/Best.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVMOyWlWzFY&feature=related

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  • skutball1892

    May 19, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #22

    U21 appearances*

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  • G

    May 20, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Very true Mr Books, but as I said in post 16, I would be happy to give him another shot. I just don’t think CH will, however, if he does turn up for the training camp in Dublin and impress, CH might be willing to give him a run out? I haven’t personnaly seen anything to endear me to Xisco, however, I remember saying similar things a couple of years back about Enrique and Colo, so it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve had to eat my words… we live in hope!

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  • 02jiw22

    May 20, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #24

    Sky reporting that we are in for Albin Ebondo from Toulouse. He is on a free this summer and we nearly signed him over a year ago

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