Over 5,000 fans turned up to an open day at St James’ Park yesterday, to watch Chris Hughton and the other Newcastle coaches put the players through their paces.
Chris Hughton – a sensible manager
And Hughton has insisted in an interview given after the training, that his current squad is indeed good enough to survive in the Premier League this coming season – we’ll have to wait and see on that one.
And the Magpies manager refuted the often made claim – that the club is taking a huge gamble by not investing more money in new players this summer.
James Perch, Dan Gosling and Sol Campbell have all been brought in this summer, but we expect three more players in by the end of August.
Hughton said after the training session:
“Is it a gamble not to spend big on a couple of players? No. We have to bring in the right type of players. We are aware we have to work around a financial structure. We are aware of that these days. Not just me but numerous other managers will tell you the same.”
“We will get to the stage where we will work with what we have got and hopefully by then there will be other additions. Any specific positions I would not mention but we have to add to the squad. We will have tougher periods with injuries.”
“People have to realise where we are. We have had a season in the Championship. Without a huge outlay you can’t expect a team outside the top flight to then finish in a European spot. It is a realisation of where we have been in the last season and that we have to build again as a football club.”
“At that stage Newcastle were at a very different stage to where Newcastle is at this moment. The club did go through a big period of expectations and of course bringing in big name players. More important a period being very close to the top of the Premier League.”
“At this moment we are a side who is building towards something. Even the feel of our own supporters is that expectations levels have been dampened and we are grateful for that. They realise where we are at the moment We have been through tough periods and we need to build again. That is where we are at this moment.”
Hughton is one of the new breed of managers who will work within a budget – unlike Martin O’Neill was willing to do at Aston Villa apparently.
But these guys need to start understanding a little bit more about the business side of their clubs, rather than blast the financial green-shade people, when £50M isn’t made available for a few new players.
There was no better Premier League club than Newcastle United at wasting huge amounts of money on stupid trophy signings, and we’ll not embarrass the club by naming any of them. That’s the unfortunate truth.
That daft stuff is all now in the past for most football clubs, who want to survive in the new future of football – of living within your means – what a concept!
Newcastle United is one of those clubs – like it or not.