Newcastle United fanzine editor Mark Jensen and the first chair of the newly-elected board of the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust, has given an interview today to the Evening Chronicle.
Chris Hughton – a good manager for Newcastle United
Jensen seems to have total confidence in new Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, and he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I don’t think people are obsessed with the ‘wow factor’, they just want to see good business done.” “You look back at people like Seb Bassong, and he was a bargain buy who was probably our best player that season.”
“Then you look at Albert Luque, who cost a fortune, and he was a total flop.” “Fans just want to see people with pedigree coming in.”
“My own concern is that we see a striker come in who has proved he can score goals in the Premier League before.” “We’re after a player that has the attributes.”
“A goalscorer is vital for us next season. You look at Sunderland – without Darren Bent they’d have had big problems.”
“You can’t emphasise how important it is to bring in a player who can get goals at the top level.”
But Jensen seems to have trust in our new unlikely and successful manager Chris Hughton.
Hopefully will be a lot more successful next season in the PL, than he was when he was stand-in manager for a couple of times during our disastrous relegation season.
“Chris Hughton has done the job the best way and that’s by letting actions speak louder than words.”“He’s got into a position where he has proved he can do the job.”
“But he has an even bigger job now in the Premier League next season. He’s earned the right to get it and the fans have taken to him.”
“I’m glad he’s done it by doing it via his actions rather than big words.” “We’ve had that (all talk) in the past with Joe Kinnear, Graeme Souness and Sam Allardyce, and Hughton really does make a refreshing change.”
“My worry is that he needs support and he has to be given that support in the transfer market.” “We’re in a league now with the big boys and he needs to reinforce what he has.”
“The current squad needs backing up with new signings. I think most people can see that.” “In the readers’ poll we had recently at the Mag, most people feel we need at least four players.”
“And they are players that have to be capable of stepping into the first team now.” “We’ve lost Nicky Butt and Fabrice Pancrate, therefore we’re at least two down already.”
“Last season, we were reasonably fortunate with injuries and, if we were to endure an injury crisis, I don’t know if there’s enough depth in the squad to cope with that.”
“I’d like to see four new players come in with Premier League experience and a few youngsters to bolster things.”
Those are good and wise words from Mark, and we agree that four new good players are needed to strengthen the squad. We’ve always found Mark to have very good, solid and sensible down-to-earth opinions on what is needed at Newcastle.
He’s also an excellent choice as the first chair of the NUST, because that organization still needs to gain more credibility with the Newcastle fans, following some naive statements from some of their members about Ashley – like Mike was taking £7M a month out of the club .
And that’s in a year when the club makes £50M in total revenues – go figure.
“I think when we finished the season as champions the mood was upbeat and buoyant, then came a statement which, for me, deflated a lot of people.”
“The fans are realistic anyway and they don’t need a reality check. They knew we wouldn’t be in the market for Gerrard and Torres.”
“There is hope going into the season but if we don’t get the signings right there is also concern that we won’t be strong enough as a squad to stay up.”
We think we’ll be just fine next season, but that’s not to say there are not concerns that we indeed bring in some real reinforcements over the summer.
But the very fact the lads now at the club are willing to fight it out in every single game, tells us we should be able to get the requisite number of points, so we are not in any real relegation danger next season.
We wish. 😀