Chris Hughton Close To Second Coup Within A Week


There’s no doubt there is a certain negativity on Tyneside that the club can survive next season in the Premier League.

Chris Hughton – two good signings this last week?


But we have increasing confidence in Chris Hughton and his potential second coup within a week.

First he signed Dan Gosling for nothing, with many other clubs after the promising 20 year-old, and now he looks like he’s won the race to sign 35 year-old master defender Sol Campbell, also for nothing –  with Arsenal, Celtic and Sunderland all clubs interested in the player.

Dan Gosling seemed to set his sights on Newcastle from the start,  and said when he arrived he knew all about what it was like playing at St. James’ Park,  after playing there for Everton, and he seems made to measure for Newcastle.

With Sol Campbell,  the former England great wanted to sign for Newcastle last season, but Newcastle could not, and would not, meet his wage demands – given they were entering the unknown in England’s second division.

But after his marriage to Newcastle fan, Fiona Barratt,  just 10 days ago and having just returned from honeymoon – it looks to us like the wife got the job done, and has her man playing for her team. 😀

Good work Fiona – we wonder who’s boss in that household?

So we have three good signings this season in James Perch, Dan Gosling and Sol Campbell – assuming there are no hitches with Sol’s medical today – and we feel sure Chris has more irons in the fire.

So all is not gloom and doom on Tyneside, although there are those that would have you believe exactly that. We don’t.

Howay The Lads!!

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76 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Jul 28, 2010 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Sol will be great to have as he wont slow the growth of any of our youngsters he will speed it up. If we could get Pat Van from Chelsea as left back and left wing cover and Ben arfa to play on the right and through the middle we’d be good to go. I cant see us getting any more strikers unless we can sell one

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  • Doha Mag

    Jul 28, 2010 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Hoping Messi will marry our own Cheryl Cole next and joins Newcastle in the next season or two….

    Realistically, we need 3 to 4 more signings; a class striker to play with Carroll, back up to Enrique (young Van from Chelsea), back up winger (Weiss or Cleverley) and maybe Onouhe from Man City as additional cover in defense….

    Would also like a play maker in the middle of the park but don’t see it happening!

    CH is doing a fine job under the circumstances and plays his cards very close to his chest; well done buddy……

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  • WesJameson

    Jul 28, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Make no mistake, if Onhoua joined us, it wouldnt be as back up, i rate that Lad as pure quality

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 28, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #4

    3 good signings ….hmmn.

    Perch: average championship player
    Gosling: injured and no loyalty whatsoever.
    Campbell: aging bling boy on 35K a week.

    None of the above exactly have the ”wow factor”.

    Still no ”creative” midfielders or crackajack strikers. We’ve lost out on de guzman, made no move on Albin and pulled out of talks with Hatem Ben Arfa.

    A lot of our players found their level last season, but we won ‘t even invest in more quality younger freebies who can play in a higher league.

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  • Doha Mag

    Jul 28, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Thanks Wes, I’ve heard plenty about Onhoua from City but he’s now well down the pecking order at city so an excellent acquisition for Newcastle.

    Onhoua has been in the shadow of City’s other starlet defender Micah Richards for a number of years so it’s time he moves on; hopefully to Newcastle……

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  • Charlietoon

    Jul 28, 2010 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Man C will need to drop some players so maybe Chris is waiting to see who is available.

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  • southerngeordie

    Jul 28, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Rotonda heights you are just the sort of fan we need – constant doom and gloom with nothing ever being good enough.

    I bet you were calling for CH’s head after the loss at Norwich at the weekend!!

    Sol for PFA player of the year, Dan Gosling for Young PFA player & Pearchy for NUFC player of the season!!!

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  • geordielad880

    Jul 28, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #8

    southerngeordie: I have to pretty much agree with rotonda heights, apart from really happy with the signing of campbell, perch is very average, and gosling is no better than what we have, newcastle just signed him for his sell on value, ashley seen the £££££££££££££££.

    We will go down if we dont sign any proven players, we are not constant doom and gloom, its called “been realistic” and not living in a dream world, the side we have now got outplayed off swansea and various other sides last season in the fizzy, what do you think arsenal, chelsea etc will do with us, we lack pace, creativity and movement so much its frightening, i can guarentee we will play 4-5-1 alot next season, with nolan in an advanced role.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 28, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Southern geordie

    I think the word you are searching for is realist. The fact I have supported Newcaslte for 41 years and could probably have bought a second house in the sun by now with the money I’v e spent following a team who haven’t won anything since 1969 could be a pointer.

    I’m a little bit more discerning these days I’m afraid. I have blindly supported them for years and greatly enjoyed the days of KK first time around and SBR where players like Beardsley were a marvel to behold.

    Now I see a ”functional ” long ball, route 1 team with little flair, pace and creativity who will struggle unless they inject some real quality in to the squad.

    Gosling won’t play half the seaon so will not win young player of the year. Perch will probably be just a squad member so will not win NUFC player of the year and Campbell is here as it is now logistically convenient for him, nothing more.

    Yes I do have reservations about Hughton, borne out by the time when he played Smith and Butt as our ” ahem… creative midfield ”against 10 man Leicester last season.

    Granted Hughton is only Ashley’s ”go to” man as he won’t rock the boat, but the players we are signing like Best, Perch etc are safety first players who offer very little to get excited about.

    However, if mid-table mediocrity is your bag, then good for you. You may have a lot if it to look forward to in the next 5 years.

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  • WesJameson

    Jul 28, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #11

    no better than what we have? The Lad is only 20 years old FFS

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 28, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Geordielad 880

    Pyschic !!!!

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  • southerngeordie

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Again, i can’t understand this way of thinking. Yes we do need more signings but we still have another month to go.

    Last season everyone, and i mean everyone wrote us off – yet CH quietly went about his business, made some shrewd signings and developed something that hasn’t been seen at the club since the SBR days – a team that has want and desire to play for the club.

    The fans at this club are so f**king fickle – seriously what did you expect from the summer – secret money tree sprouting millions of pounds to spring up just outside SJP??? Messi, Ronaldo, Puyol to secretly confess they are Geordie fans – buyout their contracts and sign for us for peanuts???

    The days of global superstars, overpriced foreign imports are over – CH is investing in a good mixture of young exciting talent & and premiership experience. If someone had told me at the start of August we would have the above i would of bitten their hand off!!

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  • WesJameson

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #14

    @ Rotonda heights // Jul 28, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    Mate, its not that we WANT mid table mediocrity, its just that to get UP the table we need to spend HUGE cash, which we just DONT have, and honestly i\we DONT want to sell out like that

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  • WesJameson

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #15

    @ southerngeordie // Jul 28, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    Well said mate

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  • WesJameson

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #16

    another thing, to everyone saying that Perch is crap and he is average???????

    You lot obviously didnt watch The Team play last season, because if you had watched…… you would have witnessed Perch marking Jonas OUT OF THE GAME….so he quite obviously is BETTER than you lot are giving him credit for…..JONAS is a FULL ARGENTINE INTERNATIONAL FFS…..WAKE UP

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  • geordielad880

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Wesjameson so your saying gosling is good based on that one performance against liverpool??? are you a scout for newcastle, cos thats how we ended up with xisco. He is an average footballer, similar to guthrie, lacks pace, and also I have had the same injury as him, he will struggle to get back to his best. Whats been 20 got to do with been able to see what kind of player he is? yeah he can improve, but he cant get faster, he seriously lacked pace before he got the injury, im not saying he is a bad player, just not the type of player we need, we need a central midfielder with PACE, we have plenty without already!!!!!

    I predicted newcastle would go down last time, and made a fortune when everyone laughed at me when i said it, and if things dont change it will happen again, its just not worth backing it to happen though.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGk0m0W6TQk

    This means alan smith is a top striker!

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  • geordielad880

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #18

    And wes jameson I know perch played awesome against jonas, but i have a few forest fans as friends, and it was his only good game last season, yet again your basing his ability on one performance, he was woeful every other time i have seen him, we will see next season when he is up against malouda, valencia, nani, etc what he’s like

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #19

    That’s the whole point we didn’t need millions to spend. There are a lot of good young players available like De Guzman, Albin, etc who we just don’t seem to have made any moves for. no one expects superstars, just a bit better than the likes of Best and Perch. Hell I would rather have Ranger and Kadar who cost nothing than the latter 2. It’s not about money, it’s about the quality.

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  • geordielad880

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #20

    southern geordie I agree fans are fickle but im been realistic about next season, we may well add some more players before the start of the season. I dont want big names like them, I wanted players that are proven at the top level, campbell is fine, a good signing in my opinion. I wanted to see players like Seb Larrson, sidwell, luke young, konchesky, o hara, p.boateng etc players that are proven in the premiership, not messi you idiot, anyone that has a clue about football knows what i mean, im not saying perch would be a bad signing as a cover play, but got a feeling he will be first choice right back, and he isnt good enough

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  • WesJameson

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #21

    geordielad880….. Mate, if you cant see that he is better than smudge, better than nicky butt was, then i dont know, tell me in birminghams case….does Bowyer and Ferguson have pace???? did Rob Lee or Gary Speed have pace??? the answer is no mate…… did Nolberto have pace = NO the list goes on….. its ABOUT BUILDING A TEAM…meaning we need more than 11 players mate

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  • WesJameson

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #22

    There is also a little thing you are overlooking….

    1.Salary Demands – (we will never know)
    2.Keeping the team spirit – (we will never know, how or what a players personlity is like)

    There is always personal reasons(behind the scenes, that we will never know about Lads

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  • bill

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #23

    If we don’t have the cash to buy players then the owner needs to sell up. This club still has one of the biggest incomes in the division and it’s position in the league should mirror that situation.

    I’m not interested in the debt; if its in such a state Mr Ashley should walk away from it and give someone else a chance to make a success of running the club. He won’t because he is intent on getting every penny he can out of the club and he doesn’t care a jot about the fans or anyone else for that matter.

    Some Roman Abramovich he turned he turned out to be.

    I’ve been a supporter since the early 1960’s and like Rotonda heights I’m sick of the child-like optimism of people instead of looking at the realities of life under this regime. This must be the worst football we have played since Gordon Lee was manager. Until we get rid of this man we will do nothing, and I for one am sick of it.

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  • WesJameson

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #24

    all we can do is wait and see lads, wait and see 🙂

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  • slazberger

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #25

    geordielad880, Rotonda heights.

    i think most fans are realistic these days, but it doesnt stop them supporting the team to complain about anything which may be taken as positive news. i think its time for you to be realistic and accept we have just gained promotion, have no profit to spend, and are down the pecking order when it comes to the choice of players available.

    its going to take seasons to get back in the top half consistantly. so lets just get behind what we have.

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  • bowburnmag

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Sol can probably still do a job regardless of what his real motivation is for being here.

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  • geordielad880

    Jul 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #27

    wesjameson yeah i can see gosling is better than smith and butt, doesnt take much, but now we have signed gosling i would let smith go and sign someone with pace to add to the central midfield to give us options.

    And slazberger I will always get behind newcastle no matter what, im just making a point, just gonna wait and see who we have signed before the window closes, i have been told hughton has got 5m to spend, which is nothing short of disgraceful, why dont we move on xisco, smith, ameobi, r.taylor etc and get a couple of decent players

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  • geordielad880

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #28

    And wes jameson your saying did speed, lee, solano etc have pace, no they didnt, but they all had QUALITY. Nolan, smith, guthrie, routledge arent good enough to clean their boots, and also in the same side we had jenas, bellamy, robert which equals CREATIVITY AND PACE, which we have none of now

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  • jesus was a geordie

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #29

    Reading through the comments and it’s a tough one, I’m happy enough with Hughton’s signings SO FAR.

    He’s done exactly as I expected him to with Perch and Gosling, younger players who are good in a number of positions but master of none. And Sol will be good for his experience.

    To those saying “Chelsea, Man U, Arsenal will rip us apart” … Yeah, and your point is? Other than under Robson and Keegan in the wonder years we were always poorer than the big sides, we don’t need to worry about them: Burnley tortured the big sides at the start of the season and look at them now! It’s about beating the teams around you!

    At the same time, we’ve needed creativity since Emre decided he couldn’t play more than 2 games in a row and never got it. One decent creative midfielder and we’d be 10x better off – will we get it? Probably not…

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  • slazberger

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #30

    i think we would have sold a couple of those players if a team put a decent offer in for them.

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  • geordielad880

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #31

    jesus was a geordie, yeah exactly we need someone who can put his foot on the ball, and pick passes, like a benayoun type player, emre is back to his fit best playing in the turkish league, never gets injured these days.
    I wanted noble from west ham but would probably cost too much, want onouha from man city and that would be our defence sorted.

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  • Partizan

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #32

    Sergio Gallardo aka Keko was superb against England U19,,dubbed as the new Torres.

    Those are the prospects we should be looking for,someone with lightning pace and technique.
    Arsenal have been tracking this kid since he was 16.
    I must say that Spain have formed a dynasty in the next 20 years,,another example is the new signing of Bolton:Marcos Alonso….although with a buy back clause but its still a win-win situation.

    Sergio Gallardo”Keko”-Atletico Madrid
    Thiago Alcantara-Barcelona
    Daniel Carrico-Sporting CP
    Denni Avdic-Elfsborg
    Guiliano-Internacional Brazil

    I can list you 50 more at least,,,the players i listed are next top class players and each one of them would cost 4 mill at least with the exception of Guiliano who’s over 7 mill mark…but with these players you simply cant lose cos in 2 years from now you’ll see exactly these players making mega money transfers in some of the big clubs.

    Free transfers wont get you anywhere,they say we’ll built for the future…..what future??
    With free transfers and veterans,,,,i see exactly where this club is going with this owner.

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  • Davies

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #33

    Bill/Rotunda/Geordielad

    Why don’t you three buy the f*cking club and run it the way you feel would be best? I assume your’re all smart enough to be billionaires and are all qualified premier league managers and scouts. You certainly all seem to think so.

    Alright, maybe that’s a bit harsh, but please don’t act as though you know what limitations the manager has and what resources the owner will give him without plunging us back into a Fat Freddy debt spiral. YOU DON’T KNOW!!! None of us do.

    The players everyone keeps banging on about will probably want wages way out of our reach at the moment. We have to build with what we have. Stop slagging off the signings we make just because they aren’t the ones you wanted. You not wanting them doesn’t make them sh*t.

    This constant bemoaning of everything Newcastle makes me wonder why you bother supporting the club. It isn’t childish optimism to keep the faith and have hope for the team we have next season, it’s SUPPORTING THE TEAM. If you want Abramavic and realistic optimism, F**K OFF AND SUPPORT CHEALSEA.

    And please don’t act as if you have more right to support NUFC because you’ve been doing it since the sixties. It doesn’t make you a better supporter than the rest of us, it just makes you old. What would make you a better supporter would be to quit your whinging and back the team and the manager.

    I feel better now. Thanks for listening.

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  • Davies

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #34

    My comments aren’t coming through.

    Bill, Rotunda, Geordielad, you all make me sick.

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  • geordielad880

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #35

    crawl back under your rock DAVIES its a forum everyone is entitled to an opinion, dont like it, go somewhere else

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  • slazberger

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #36

    on the man city comments i dont think they will let the likes of onouha go as they will take up the ‘home grown’ contingent of their 25 man squad. i think its more likely they will be offloading some of the foreign players.

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  • slazberger

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #37

    geordielad880@34 i agree.

    Davies if you dont agree with their comments come up with an arguement against them, its all about opinions

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  • bowburnmag

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #38

    Not anywhere near as regular I as I used to be on here but hope there are still some lads knocking around who can consider this. And hope you’re OK with it too Ed?

    http://www.justgiving.com/newcastle-to-london-cycle-event

    I know one of you feckers will eventually donate something. Think of the pain I’m going through for training and the agony of the event. Then think of the good cause it will help. How can you not?

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  • lewman

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #39

    everyone forgets about joey barton, he is very creative and if he stays sober and injury free then that should fill this creative gap in the middle of the park that everyone is talking about.

    also if vuckic can stay injury free and improve in the way that carroll did last year, then we should be in an even better position.

    i do agree that we could do with another quick striker but we might get lucky with ranger aswell, although i am not as optimistic with him as i am with vuckic to make the grade this season.

    i reckon we can easily get about 12th to 16th with the squad we have now, maybe higher if we are fortunate with injuries and even higher still if we get some decent additions to go with what we have already brought in.

    not expecting europe but we shouldnt get relegated.

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  • bowburnmag

    Jul 28, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #40

    Not anywhere near as regular I as I used to be on here but hope there are still some lads knocking around who can consider this. And hope you’re OK with it too Ed?

    http://www.justgiving.com/newcastle-to-london-cycle-event

    I’ve got some really generous donations so far off lads I’ve never even met. Think of the pain I’m going through for training and the agony of the event. Then think of the good cause it will help. How can you not?

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