Hughton – We’ll Be Ready For The Start Of The Season

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton admitted it was not good to lose the last pre-season friendly,  before having to take on the mighty Manchester United a week tomorrow at Old Trafford.

Peter Lovenkrands – made a difference yesterday
Chris spoke rhetorically after the game yesterday:

“Do I think we are ready? Well we have to be now and I think we are.”   “We don’t like losing, but I don’t think we are any different to some of the other clubs in the Premier League.”

“They have had results that have gone against them in pre-season – even the bigger clubs.”

“I am quite sure they will be ready for the start of the season and I am quite sure we will be too.”

The current squad are fighting for starting places and Campbell, Gosling, Simpson and Steven Taylor are still out injured, and arguably all four can be starters at Newcastle this coming season.

Chris added:

“What I have said to this group of lads is they are all playing for starting places.”  “They are all still fighting, but if you look at our squad and what we have – that is the nucleus of our starting line-up for certain.”

“It is never nice losing football matches – especially so close to the start of the season.”

“However, there were far more positives than negatives.” “The negatives are we have conceded two goals in a game where Rangers, for their possession, threatened as much as I thought they would do.”

“Defensively we coped well, but they were more clinical than we were.”

Chris has 8 days to get the lads ready for the Manchester United game, which will be televised live around the world.

If we can fight all the way and maybe even get a result – that’s what we need to start the season, but one thing we are looking forward to seeing this season,  is a much tougher side, and one that will fight to the death in the Premier League  games.

That will differentiate the lads from the team that was relegated a year last May – they just didn’t have enough guts – if we are to be honest.

Your views and opinions on Newcastle are always welcome.

83 comments so far

  • Freddie

    Aug 8, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #1

    lads! we werent great yesterday but we were still better than the shite we had in the prem 2 seasons ago when we were relegated! lets all stop being so negative and give the boys are backing! its not always about getting the best players in, for example birmingham last year or reading a few yesr back! we have great team spirit and the best fans in the world! so lets prove that and get behind the boys! come on you toon, this is going to be a good season! mid-table finish and CH will be with us for years to come

  • MacToon

    Aug 8, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Most people agree the performances in the last 2 games has been good, most agree (even CH by the looks of it) we still need a couple of players in atleast and most agree on the positions we need to strengthen. So where’s the negativity?

    Our first 11 are not too bad imo, it’s when we lose players maybe to injury or suspensions that’s when we’ll really suffer. Also there needs to be competition for places and as far as I can see Routledge and Jonas are our only real choices out on the wings.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 8, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #3

    The problem is, CH, this is the start of the season and we are clearly not ready. There are wobbles everywhere (not least in goal, which is alarming) and we are again being done for pace. And with respect to the ‘gers, they would struggle in the Prem themselves, so this was a winnable fixture.

    Nolan is clearly not up to playing behind the n09, he was already too slow for the Fizzy. I was prepared to give him a chance – but he’s not up to it. Like Smith & Butt before him he is about to take it easy and settle into a cosy defensive midfield. We don’t need that.

    Ameobi is barely good enough for league 1 (why is he on the pitch?) and we again look exposed down the right (being done at the near post from that free right cross was shameful).

    Experience is useless without pace & creativity, and we cannot give players pace but we can give them experience. Bring in Krul, Vukic & co and start raising some cash by offloading Smith, Nolan, Harper and Ameobi for starters. CH is too nice for his own good, sticking with his mates – but rest assured Ashley will not be if we are propping up the table in a month’s time.

  • MacToon

    Aug 8, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Got a feeling Smith will be gone soon. Did you not get the impression from yesterday that we were enjoying passing the ball around mf and kept possesion quite well for long periods of the game Capt Beefy?

    Barton especially and Guthrie were spraying good passes around (and a few bad ones) and controlled mf?

  • MacToon

    Aug 8, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh and it was an inch perfect cross from the right, the one bit of real class from the whole game that cross. I agree though we do seem more vulnerable from the right side atm.

  • darthkir

    Aug 8, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #7

    I believe that by playing Nolan, we are basically limiting the attacking potential of the starting eleven. Mcloven should start by playing in the middle with Carrol.

  • Freddie

    Aug 8, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #8

    @ mactoon

    yeh i completely agree with you mate, we definitely still need strengthening in several areas, but you must admit, as soon as we lost that game yesterday, the negativity has increased whihc i guess is alwaysd going to happen after loss.

    Yeh it is the cretaivity that we lack, a winger and a striker to complement carroll is what we need in the bare minimum.
    I also agree with you capt. beefy in that we should start giving krul games as he seems more able as he’s younger etc

  • MacToon

    Aug 8, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Krul could well get the cup matches to play in this season. Bit early to drop Harper imo.

    Freddie, personally I was encouraged by the display yesterday, althoughj we did give the ball away cheaply at times we did retain the ball alot more than usual. We do need some creative spark though.

    As far as the strikers go, I’m not so sure it is CH’s priority considering how many we actually have at the moment. I’m not sure if Carroll, Loven, Strolla, Best, Xisco will have enough fire-power but hope I’m proved wrong.

  • Freddie

    Aug 8, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #10

    yeh im partly worried about our striker situation because i do feel we lack a natural goal scorer, and by this i mean someone who can partner carroll and get a realistic 15 goals a season. Unless CH loans out one ore two or even sells one of our strikers, i cant see another coming in.
    We do need a creative midfielder tho, ideally a winger.
    And yes i was also encouraged yesterday, especially in the centre of the park. i though joey barton looked good but its just the final third that worries me?

    Say ben arfa falls through, who else can we get?

  • MacToon

    Aug 8, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Maybe CH will see how the strikers get on, maybe change them about at times and maybe try new/different things in cup matches and decide then and get another striker in Jan window…. possibly. I don’t see them in training but haven’t seen enough of Best or Xisco yet, I have an opinion on both but would like to see more of them for now.

    Likelyhood is we’ll play with 1 upfront for most away games atleast anyway.

  • roe997

    Aug 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #12

    we looked quite solid in midfield yesterday,but i agree with most people,we need final third flaire and a good end product.maybe a ben arfa and a pacy clinical striker.i think perch stil has a big question mark over him,as he looked a bit dodgy at time,but ch might iron those out,who knows?that high def line might need tweaking.i cn see us geting caught out alot in the epl if tryin ofside that mite need a look at.other than that,im feeling optimstic about this,nt trying to breed negativity like a lot of going to get behind the lads and support them through thick thin.hwtl!

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 8, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #13


    Sad to waste a few minutes, maybe, sadder still to waste days making a completely unfunny cartoon about it….

  • Toon1978

    Aug 8, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Captain Beefheart

    The cartoon tells the truth of how it is mate. The constant lies that come out of peoples mouths. You just need to go back through the threads to see the people who have come on here who have claimed to have inside information only to be found out to be talking utter bollocks. We are all keen to see our club do well and to sign good players but unfortunately we have people taking advantage of that and feel they have to talk utter crap and its only for self gratification, in other words to be centre of attention.

  • arcarius

    Aug 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #15

    @Captain Beefheart 3

    Well said. But I would rather keep Nolan (yes, too slow) and Harper (depending on his form) on the bench instead of selling them since our squad is already paper thin. Both of them contributed significantly towards our promotion last season. I know being sentimental wont get us anywhere but their experience may prove invaluable at certain matches. We can’t rely on youngsters too much, well most of the time anyway, fingers crossed that Vuckic will be an exception.

    I really hope CH will keep to his words on bringing 2 more players b4 the window closes. And pls, no more championship players! :/

  • geordielad880

    Aug 8, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #16

    I still think if we for 4-4-2 we should either go for carroll and lovo, or carroll and ranger, but i think alot of the time we will be going 4-5-1, im watching man utd, not overly impressed by them, if they dont sign anyone, i really cant see them been in the top 2 never mind winning the title

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Toon78@14: I think most people are aware that blogs have long blurred the lines between reality and fiction – but the craploids are still the masters of it!

    Arcarius@15: Keeping Nolan might well make sense from one perspective, but on balance I would prefer £3m! Regarding Harper I think we have two perfectly good keepers in Krul & Forster and we can’t afford to lose either. Personally I would rather have seen both of them learning to work with this defence in the friendlies, Harps is not the future and is certainly not the stopper he once was (and sloppy keeping towards the end of last season was conveniently overlooked as we were playing poor teams).

    I can’t see us picking up anything from the first two games with this team, and I just wish Chris has more of a ruthless streak. A fizzy topping side a long way off being Premiership side, and currently (with the exception of Perch) our ‘Best XI’ appears to be exactly the same team we fielded last April. The shit will hit the fan over the next four weeks…

  • Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #18

    we’ll more than likely play 4-5-1 away from home and 4-4-2 at home, either way Carroll will more than likely lead the line with Ameobi been our main substitute.

    Providing we do get Ben Arfa then I would go.


    ———–Loven – Carroll

    —Arfa – Barton – Nolan – Jonas

    —Jose – Taylor – Colo – Simpson




    —Arfa ——- Nolan ——- Jonas
    ———–Barton – Guthrie

    —Jose – Taylor – Colo – Simpson


  • geordielad880

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #19

    jonas is terrible when he plays on the right, we have tried it a few times, he needs to be able to cut inside on his right foot from the left, ben arfa for me should play off carroll in a 4-5-1

  • geordielad880

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #20

    and simpson is nowhere near good enough for the prem, he didnt even look good in the fizzy, if we got a decent right back we would have a good defence

  • Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #21

    he links up well with Jose when they play together on the left, I agree, but I wouldn’t say he’s terrible on the right. I’d prefer him left with Arfa right, but I don’t realy like the idea of having 2 wrong footed wingers.

  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #22

    i had a terrible dream last night that we signed owen on a season long loan. I woke up in a cold sweat and my ears were ringin…

  • Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Simpson is adequate, he’s certainly not a liability. I’d prefer us to get a better right back but it’s not our priority in my opinion, certianly not enough for us to splash out a few million. We need cover at left back and a creative player in midfield first and foremost I think, and a new striker (although I cannot see the latter happening.)

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Best team is so easy to work out now:


    Subs: Krul/Forster, Williamson, Kadar, Vuckic, Nolan, Best, Ranger.

  • geordielad880

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #25

    agreed on that line up if we play 4-4-2

  • Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Tom, are you saying Harper and S. Taylor should be completely left out of the squad? Kadar?

  • JerseyGeordie

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #27

    otamendi anyone?
    Not sure if this has been reported here but benfica has put in a 7mil bid for ben arfa a couple of days ago, although most reports say he wants epl footy.

  • Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #28

    Apparantly he turned them down Jersey, all the news is coming from France and the OM chairman (direct quotes) that he is coming to Newcastle, and should have signed by Wednesday on a year loan.

    Ofcourse this is Newcastle though, so there is as much chance even something seemingly as dead certain as this been a complete load of bulls**t

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #29

    No JerseyGeordie it was 2mil euro loan option.

    MALC – Yes. Harpwer has been dire and Taylor is the most overrated player in the premier league.

  • Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #30

    lol reet nee bother.

  • xfer

    Aug 8, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #31

    If Man U plays like the way they did against Chelsea, we could be battered. There is so much movement throughout the team, and they looked really up for the season.

  • baro

    Aug 8, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #32


    What are you talking about saying Steven Taylor is most overrated player in the PL? You out of your mind.

  • baro

    Aug 8, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #33

    If we get Hatem Ben Arfa than we are ready for the start of the season.

  • saroof

    Aug 8, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #34

    we may have a good player on our hands……adam campbell from our u 15 won the most valiable player award from the nike premier cup and guess who were all previous winners….torres,tevaz,iniesta………anybody know more about this lad???

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 8, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m talking the truth. Steven Taylor is guff. Has on positional sense, makes silly errors and acts like a twat.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 8, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #36

    no positional sense*

  • MacToon

    Aug 8, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #37

    “and acts like a twat” 😆


  • Partizan

    Aug 8, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Tom Toon….Remember when i was mentioning Radamel Falcao while he was in River Plate.

    What a lethal weapon has he become in Porto its unbelievable.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 8, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #39

    Where is Alan Smith????did not appearred in friendlyrecently? why ED?

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 8, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #40

    Our strikers are so slow


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