Newcastle To Bring Four Good Players In Over The Summer


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.

Mark added:

“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.

Mark continued:

“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. 😀

Comments welcome.



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12 comments so far

  • jayjo

    Jun 16, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    At last a man that says how it is , we dont need over priced premadonna’s who take millions out the club without a return , the players we have at the moment are better than the botton 10 from last season its about consistancy and not ascking our manager at any opertunity bring on Thursday get the fixture list on Mancs , Chelsea , and arsenal first 3 games please

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  • Ericles

    Jun 16, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #2

    A sensible appraisal from Jensen. I think that CH will bring in those 4 players and they will be good additions to the squad – whoever they are. I do know one thing, if CH remains as astute as he has been so far then those new additions will be quality players and not proma donnas. Lads who will play in the stripes with skill, enthusiasm and passion. It is an honour to play for NUFC not just a job!

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  • MarkO

    Jun 16, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #3

    hope we bring in Patrick Helmes

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  • Hugh G Hampton

    Jun 16, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #4

    ED’s deluded headline “Newcastle To Bring Four Good Players In Over The Summer” gives the impression that this is a statement by someone of importance at the club and not the opinion of a fanzine editor.

    This is sickening no substance, hope building tripe from a so called Newcastle fan who should know better.
    Love the hypocritical u-turn by Ed regarding NUST as well

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  • Colombus

    Jun 16, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #5

    let the four players be : Ebondo (free agent from Toulouse), Jose Ernesto Sosa (on loan from Bayern with an option to buy) Would be amazing and this is actually realistic. Or what do you guys say about a player that is available, young, full of talent and can play both creative in the middle or on the wing? I think another argentinian to provide flair would be brilliant! Could be a quality signing out of the blue. Weiss would also provide good cover and is a great alternative on the wing-position. Michael Bradley is just the combatative force we need in the middle. Annan is another cheap alternative. I know for a fact that he would go for about 2 million from norwegian Rosenborg. I’m not sure who to go for when it comes to a “proven goalscorer in the prem”. Maybe we could get Benitez for a bargain price or loan with an option to extend it to contract. What do you say?

    1. choice = Jose Ernesto Sosa
    2.choice = Michael Bradley
    3.choice =Albin Ebondo
    4. choice = Christian Benitez

    sell: Alan Smith, Shola Ameobi

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  • toon soldier

    Jun 16, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #6

    @ mark o
    who is patrick helmes and who does he play for??
    @hugh G hampton
    jesus like if your guna just complain go off and start your own blog

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  • MarkO

    Jun 16, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #7

    @toon soldier
    Bayer Leverkusen and germany striker

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  • toon soldier

    Jun 16, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #8

    alrite nice one mate

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  • Sav

    Jun 17, 2010 at 5:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Fine.
    But, Ed, would you pack it in with the hurrah stuff?
    The fact is, fight alone is not enough. There have been plenty plucky sides relegated and the reality is that the squad we have is not as good as when we were relegated last time, and IF WE DON’T get the 4 or so good new players in this summer, we will be in trouble.
    I’m all for ‘getting behind the team’ but it really does all depend on what happens between now and August with noises from SJP far from convincing, to say the least.
    These new players are not optional. If we don’t get them, WE ARE IN TROUBLE.

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  • Sav

    Jun 17, 2010 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Can Chris Hughton, through astute scouting and whatever charisma he has, match the wallet at Sunderland?
    Its all very well saying we just need to survive, but if we get tanked by the mackems and have to watch them improve on last year’s 13th spot while we play dice with the devil down at the trapdoor end, it will; be a long, rough ride and expect tyhe ‘Cockney’s Oot’ banners to be unfurled well before the leaves are off the trees.

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  • John

    Jun 17, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Sell Jonas anyway for a start along with either barton, or nolan and starting getting players in the door now, how does it benifit the club to wait see what happens in the transfer market? Id go for Boyd, Eagles, Sharner and loans for wiltshere, D. Sturridge, D. Gibson, Boyatta with this crop you’ve goals, creativity, and a mix of youth and Experience. Failing to Prepair is prepairing to fail. We always leave it till the last min to sign players and so called targets come and go and we end up with everyone elses rejects.

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  • marshy

    Jun 17, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #12

    it all comes down to ashley i’m afraid so really it’s not looking good on getting one player in never mind four.

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