Things Starting To Look Up At Newcastle


Chris Hughton is trying to bolster his squad right now, and if the news is to be believed may be close to bringing in one or two very decent new signings shortly.

Chris Hughton – very busy with recruitment right now
He talked to the Evening Chronicle today on his immediate plans to bring in new players to the club:

“We need to bring in the right type of player, and the right amount of players.” (how many times has he said that this summer?)

“If we’re able to get players in quicker, then I understand the benefits of that, but what’s more important is getting in the right amount of players.”

“As for the loans structure, clubs are going to assess what they have got.”

That’s interesting that he talks about the right amount of players, and we may be surprised that Chris could sign as many as 5 new players for Newcastle this summer.

And Hughton has said that new signing James Perch’s versatility will be key to Newcastle next season, with the utility man able to slot in across the back four and anywhere across the midfield.

“We’re pleased to get him. His value to us is his versatility.” “He can play in a few positions, and it was something we were aware of when we initially explored it.”

We’re not sure James will be too happy at that, since he has indicated he wants to make the right back his own next season.

Things even seem  little exciting today, as the squad heads off to Dublin, Ireland for their one week of boot camp.

News that we may be close to signing free agent Dan Gosling from Everton, and we are also linked today with another top youngster, in 22 year-old Dutch U23 International attacking midfielder or winger – Jonathan de Guzman – a Dutch U23 International.

Things are starting too look a little brighter at Newcastle these days.

Comments welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jul 8, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #1

    It really does look promising and I’ve got to say, I think Hughton’s managed all the transfer talk very well indeed.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jul 8, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Very good

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 8, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #3

    CH is doing an excellent job, and it is good to see he is getting supported from higher up the NUFC food chain.

    I am also happy we are hearing nothing form lambsarse or ca$hley, this shows they are letting the manager do his job.

    I have to say that the way the club is being run at the moment is the best it has been run for some time.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jul 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah you are right, NUFC_Richyg01
    Go on!!!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 8, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #5

    If we can secure the signings of Gosling and De Guzman that would have probably covered the majority of the transfer budget i would have expected of Ashley before the “no capital outlay” statement if we had to buy the players from the club.

    I fear we wont get Gosling though as he apparently wants the biggest wage he can get and a regular spot in centre mindfield. Something we probably cant offer him.

    As for De Guzman, get ashley in his personal helicopter over to holland and bring him back to the toon right now, show him the stadium and get him to sign up!!!!!

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  • John

    Jul 8, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #6

    I wouldnt be surprised if wer after someone whos not been mentioned insteed of all these who were suposeitly after like the players mentioned, and here we are the fans getting all excited at the prospect of these top players at our club when were prob chasing bargin basement players, rejects, like leon best.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #7

    @John

    Im thinking this about Cleverley because this deal was reported in Manchester as imminant, on tuesday.

    Too much media hype and perfect ‘poker face’ from Hughton who, quite rightly, wont be drawn on who his targets are.

    @Robby Bobson
    If all Gosling is interested in is a big fat pay cheque and that is his reasoning for not coming then we dont want him anyway, we have had enough leech players to last us a life time.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #8

    With the exception of Sir Bobby, CH is a far better manager than anyone we have had in my lifetime (and I started going to games in the mid 60s!) . He is hungry for success and astute. He works at this job 24/7 and KNOWS football inside out as top player and top coach – so he can spot a good player and a dud (although he isn’t infallible, unless Best proves to be a rough diamond as opposed to a bit of broken glass).

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 8, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #9

    @ Captain Beefheart

    Good point well made and agreed.

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  • xfer

    Jul 8, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Im curious. Why would Gosling not considering signing a new contract at this point with Everton? They are doing really well at the moment.

    Am I missing something? That Newcastle is the new Arsenal in the making, and all the youngsters outside Arsenal would jump at the chance of joining us?

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  • Chris F

    Jul 8, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #11

    maybe he didn’t see himself in moyes’ first team plans, and felt undervalued by the club?

    we can speculate all we like, but the only people who know are gosling, his agent and the club.

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  • MacToon

    Jul 8, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #12

    All still “ifs” atm, nothing has actually beed done but saying that, the signs look good if there is any thruth in these rumours.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jul 8, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #13

    How long shall Gosling recover about his serious knee injury?? anyone know??

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  • xfer

    Jul 8, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Its said to be around December iirc.

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  • bro56

    Jul 8, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Go…NUFC_Richyg01… nice posts, very positive.. 🙂 I thought super KK and his silver-lined tounge was back there for a second…

    Comon the toon!!!

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  • BeeGuy

    Jul 8, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m interested to see what style of play CH & NUFC will embrace this season. Last year it was lots of Route 1 ball until Routledge arrived. I’m hoping the lads have the quality to keep the ball on the ground as their preferred practice. If they can control the ball on the ground, I have no worries about relegation.

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  • baro

    Jul 8, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #17

    We need 2-3 more permanent signings. A right winger, a Perfect goalscoring striker and also a back up for Enrique.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 9, 2010 at 4:19 AM

    Comment #18

    BeeGuy…im guessin route one away with nolan in the hole but against lesser teams at home down the wings and through the middle with guthrie/barton.

    To be fair, i dont mind watching carroll bully defenders to win route one style, as long as some wing play comes in to it.

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  • Doha Mag

    Jul 9, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #19

    CH doing a fine job with the players he’s got available also some very good astute buys so far……

    We must sign another 3 to 4 first team players and Gosling and De Guzman would be two excellent signings for the future

    Until these guys are signed it’s all paper talk so expect Newcastle to sign players that are not being discussed by the papers as that’s the way the club is run these days

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