Hughton Says Newcastle Squad Already Full Of Experience


Chris Hughton seems to think that his current squad of players will be good enough for the Premiership next season.

Chris Hughton – lots of experience in the squad

Newcastle have had just one season in the second division of English football, and still have lots of players who have played in the Premiership and therefore have the experience that other promoted teams usually don’t have.

Chris told the Journal today:

“I know that people will be looking at who we are bringing in and plenty of names will be mentioned but we already have a side with lots of experience of the Premier League,”

“I think that sets us apart from some of the other clubs who come up from the Championship and, of course, it gives us more of a chance that we have players with hundreds of games in the Premier League under their belt.”

“We’re not going into the unknown – what we hope is that those players who have played in the Premier League can be big players for us again next year.”

“I hope that all of the players are better for a year playing together and winning a lot of games in the Championship. I certainly think they will be coming up full of confidence – and that is a big thing in football.”

Hughton makes some good points, and even with no players coming in at all in the summer, if Newcastle play with the spirit they showed last season they could probably survive in England’s top league next season.

But of course the name of the game is continuous improvement, which is why you always try to improve the squad so better things lie ahead.

But Chris still says he will probably not bring in any new players until after the World Cup, which finishes on July 11th, and that’s a bit worrying since free agents’ contracts run out on June 30th, and usually they have new deals already arranged by then.

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13 comments so far

  • hitman

    Jun 3, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    code, for no players coming in

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  • Sav

    Jun 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Chris is smiling – so why does this already sound like making excuses?

    Is it a better squad than the one which got relegated 12 months ago? err…no.
    Will the team spirit survive a couple of early hidings, or will the finger-pointing begin again?
    Will Joey keep his cool under pressure?
    Will the fuss about Carroll’s court case in October distract him?
    Doesn’t every squad need ‘freshening up’ with some new blood and increased competition for places?

    Then, please, cut out the whitewash.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 3, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    There’s something not right about the toon at the moment instead of eagerly looking forward to the new season there seems to be a sense of doom & gloom around the place

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  • bill

    Jun 3, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Considering all of the talk about being ahead of the game when we gained early promotion it looks as if things may have changed, again.

    I thought being ahead of the game meant that we could bring in the players required before everyone else, apparently not.

    As has been already mentioned, the team promoted is probably less talented than the team that was promoted. Considering that the squad is light in quality and size, then I think that we will have one almighty struggle if we have any injuries early on.

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  • bill

    Jun 3, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Error amendment:
    As has been already mentioned, the team promoted is probably less talented than the team that was relegated. Oops.

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  • noir9

    Jun 3, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Chris has said all along that the current squad will form the basis of next seasons team & he is simply saying again that he thinks their good enough, he rarely misses a chance to compliment his players. He has never said he is not going to bring players in and so far there has actually been very little transfer business anywhere. Thank god chris is not as negative as some of the posts on here!

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  • eltoro

    Jun 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #7

    This is really frustrating. Why should we believe that the current crop can survive relegation when it is the same team that went down minus some potentially match winning high profile players? We might be better off without Owen, Viduka and even Martins – but the defence is much worse for the loss of Beye and Bassong even if we had a good record last year.

    Team spirit and togetherness is fragile and we cannot guess at the confidence when what is really needed is a good run in the prem. We knew we were in for a struggle but to go ahead without improving the squad in terms of depth and quality in key positions would be suicidal.

    I don’t understand why Hughton would have no backing now when he was given the money to spend on Best in january. Those signings were not really crucial to promtion – we would have done it anyway so they make little sense if money is so tight.

    The real challenge is getting the squad up to premiership standard and if we don’t even address it relegation is pretty likely.

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  • roy cropper

    Jun 3, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #8

    expect these statements from hughton & his band of merry players being the norm from now until the start of the season – but it dont cut no shit with me , i’ve paid the fat one £1500 for next season and i want to see new blood brought into the club. if we start the season without any then i can only see us struggling badly or god forbid getting relegated.

    ASHLEY – hughton got your club promoted back to where the pots of gold are & has stuck about 40/50 million quid onto it’s value so i think he deserves rewarding with a good few quid to spend in the transfer market – thats the least you should be doing in return – you greedy fat ba@stard.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Jun 3, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #9

    @5: ‘the team promoted is probably less talented than the team that was relegated.’

    The team relegated was spineless & ineffective at putting points on the board (hence why we were relegated, get it?)

    The team promoted is ruthless & no-nonsense at grinding results (hence 102 points).

    A squad is only as good as it can play as a team, and it had been several weary years since we looked like a real team. CH has changed this.

    Wake up and smell the grass, and mow the lawn while you’re on, you bunch of whingers. We’ll be OK, and hopefully with some debt off our shoulders by 2011/12. It’s about long term survival now, and avoiding administration is more important than pretending to be top 4 contenders on the back of being hopelessly overdrawn (…as FFS precariously ran the club into the ground).

    Try some Sunny D, works wonders…

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  • bill

    Jun 3, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #10

    102 points in a very poor league, that’s why WBA and Blackpool went up as well.

    Why was the team that went down spineless, it appears to me to be much the same team that has come back up?

    It is easy to get up for games when you are winning, what matters is how you react to defeat. The team has done what it should have done this year and that is all. Just compare the salaries at the other clubs in the Championship.

    It is a disgrace that NUFC were ever relegated and the reasons for that are numerous but the main one was that we had an owner who didn’t want to be here, and didn’t know how to run a football club.

    I have a right to whinge, I have supported this club for over 50 years and have yet to see them win a domestic trophy. I would like to see them win something before I die.

    If you believe the crap coming out of SJP I suggest that you put yourself out to grass as you don’t seem to have a grasp of how things work around Mike Ashley, despite all of the revelations about how he treats people in all walks of life.

    You get on and support the team like a load of other sheep, I won’t be back until Ashley has gone. If everyone had done likewise he would be a distant memory by now.

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  • Thump

    Jun 3, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Bill did you miss out on all of the “the troublemakers left” comments? The bad eggs are gone, there is not cliques in the NUFC camp any more and that gave us the opportunity to start with our best foot forward as you seen.

    As for the CCC being very poor, you must be having a laugh. The CCC is exactly what the EPL SHOULD be! Games can go either way (see: Sc*nthorpe away away) because of the whole attitude of it. There’s no glory hunting, no mercenaries and most importantly the whole league is as honest as they come. Makes a huge difference.

    As for you “not being back while Ashley is here”, great! I don’t think SJP needs fans who will spit their dummy out because the owner made some mistakes (although it wasn’t that when he first came in and you were ALL licking the sh*t from his shoe). The fact is we’re stuck with him whether you like it or not and if you don’t want to set foot in the hallowed hall then that’s absolutely fine – the rest of us will happily step up to the mark and cheer on the lads in black and white who stuck with us when no others would for you.

    For the record, hurting the club hurts the team and that’s not something I want to be a part of.

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  • will

    Jun 3, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Like it or not, I don’t think CH has much choice, or any choice !

    Be a sensible supporter, just back the team rain or shine! If you would only support a team of stars, go to Spain now!

    I honestly think our current squad will do ok! Great player with poor attitude is of no use to the team. If you want to compare player for player, are we really that much worse compare to teams like stoke, fullham, wigan, wolves… and those team survive, and beat the top 6 on occasions. I personally think attitude is the most important. If we have the whole squad of Man U player with a low profile, inexperienced manager, can u be sure we will get good results! or would the players be worrying about their own plights for playing at a “lesser” team, and concentrate more on how to get out instead of performing on the pitch! I think that was what happened the last time we were relegated, by a bunch of heartless “big name” player who clearly don’t give a damn on the pitch(maybe too busy writing cv).

    Whinning and complaining is not going to help anyone, but we need to be positive and have faith.

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  • Sav

    Jun 3, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Beats me how anyone can blame fans for ‘negativity’ as some call it when the club hierarchy go to great lengths to lower ambition and expectation at every opportunity. This seems to be tantamount to a deliberate policy of pouring cold water over the delight of fans that we are back in the division where we belong.
    And I fear that Thump may get his wish of at least another season in the cauldron that is the Coca Cola Championship in barely 12 months time.
    Eltoro @ 7 makes a decent point about Best and the funds in January.
    If Best was bought as I think, as insurance against injury to Carroll/Shola scuppering our run-in then he has done his job and should be sold again now. But this stubborn determination to prove a shrewd judge of football flesh is ridiculous.

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