Hughton Backs Financial Structure And Stability At Newcastle


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.

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289 comments so far

  • balubas1

    Aug 12, 2010 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Off topic 😉

    review of the France vs Norway game:

    Hatem Ben Arfa came on after halftime.. scored a screamer from 20m. Was France’s main man when he played. Looked very good. One more ace up the sleeve for Marseille……. We should get this guy. After seing him for 45min I’m convinced he is the real deal.

    2 more players that Newcastle have been looking at also played in the game. Erik Huseklepp scored 2 nice goals in the game to win it for Norway. I still think he would be eaten alive in the EPL, but he sure has some talent though. Skjelbred came on after 85min so no time to make an impact.

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  • Sir Erec

    Aug 12, 2010 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #2

    stability? PSHHH, thatd be not very newcastle like.
    Off with hughton’s head! bring back kevin keegan! sack him 3 months later. sell our star players to our rivals and then change the stadium name to Tesco Park. that sounds exciting.

    in a more serious sense, it is good that we are bringing more stability and structure to the club. though in order for their to be more structure, don’t we need a larger coaching staff b/c all of our coaches are at huddersfield town now! fazackerly, mcdermott, black, lee clark…

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  • FalseFlag

    Aug 12, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #3

    just another way of saying ,were doing things on the cheap.

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  • havoc23

    Aug 12, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Houghton has a very tough job on his hand if he thinks this squad is good enough maybe thrashing at old Trafford plus our unbeaten record gone at villa may give the stability a reality check. Not that I won’t this to happen but we need players quick and not cheap maybe potential players. 3 players I wish for winger striker attacking central midfielder and if they have sense a full back for enriquie. Is it so hard to recognise the weakness in the squad if on budget sell players like smith best shola xisco. They just won’t do any good in the prem.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 12, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Puppet.

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  • tynesidetommo

    Aug 12, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Living within our financial means makes perfect sense but didn’t Ashley hive off the profitable bit – the supporters shop – to Sports Direct which in turn badly affects income at the “famous” Newcastle United? Or have I got that wrong?

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  • FalseFlag

    Aug 12, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #7

    carnt believe the club are fkin about with be arfa,just get him signed..

    ben arfas goal..

    http://www.imscouting.com/global-news-article/Newcastle-linked-Hatem-Ben-Arfa-scores-for-France-/9574/

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  • Tjodalf

    Aug 12, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    balubas1:

    I also watched the game…Ben Arfa was immense..His left foot is great. Reminds me of Laurent Robert, only quicker. 🙂

    It’s very difficult to know whether Huseklepp would survive in EPL, but Skjelbred probably would, might be a bit too “light” though…we alså were linked to Brede Hangeland who as always was great. Also ROMA’s John Arne Riise, the left back with the left foot..:)

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 12, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Ben Arfa looked good in the game, he has a good turn of pace and likes to run at people.

    He is like a cross between Robert and Dyer.

    Good link FalseFlag (7)

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  • JohnNUFC

    Aug 12, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Well isn’t that nice that CH thinks we’re stable off the field? Not really where it counts though is it? we’re doomed if we don’t get the chequebook out…..

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  • jasonbourne

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #11

    If Hughton can sign Ben Arfa ASAP, I would be pleased, not to mention a left back and a proven striker. I still believe, like last season, that Hughton mentality will get us a decent spot at the end of the season.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #12

    there is no chance of us and never was, of us getting ben arfa, they were just touting business up for him, he will leave on a perm transfer, to a european side

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  • balubas1

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Tjodalf & NUFC_Richyg01

    LAurent Robert’s left foot was 10 times better than Ben Arfas;) J.A Riise and L.Robert are the two best shooters in the PL ever if u ask me..
    Anyhow, ben arfa has a good shot and shakes up any defence.. NUFC should splash the cash NOW.

    conerning Huseklepp… he would not make it in the EPL.. I am sure of it.

    Skjelbred would make it, cuz he is quick enough. Lacking some physical attributes, but has an excellent workrate and short, fast passing ability. And a NUFC fan he is.. oh yes.

    I wish we could have J.A Riise.. he would get in to any national squad in the world.. He would be competing for England LB is he was english.. Brazil if he was Brazillian… Liverpool was really to too clever to let him go. But I don’t think he would return to the EPL to play for another team than Liverpool… Many will probably disgree with me on Riise, but come on! What other LB gets 5 goals and 10 assist on an average season? Not lacking defensive skills either

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  • balubas1

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    “Liverpool was NOT too clever” sorry bout that

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    riise is a decent player but im sorry he isnt that good, i would rather have enrique any day, he had a couple of good seasons, and i would disagree on his defensive skills, they are adequate.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16

    and neither skjbred of huseklepp are better than what we already have, we need someone like lassana diarra, that type of player anyways, wish we signed him when we had the chance, but we had just sacked our manager when we had agreed a deal, so he went elsewhere

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #17

    After continuously championing CH against criticism last season, I am beginning to tire of the lame excuses and justifications for an utterly ineffective pre-season preparation. All the hard slog of forty odd fizzy games to get back to the prem will be blown before November at this rate. We can all see this team is not up to Prem muster, with even Blackburn and Bolton looking far better prepared. Stoke can blow £8m on an inconsistent striker, but it knows what it needs to do to survive and good luck to Pulis & co. Meanwhile we are doing nothing, nowt, sweet fa! A Perch, a Crock and a Codger are our only additions. We did better in January!

    Hoots needs to stand up for the club NOW for once which means standing up to the owner, Ashley is either gambling with our survival by skimming the transfer kitty or he has M’O’N lined up to spend it properly in January in the hope of avoiding the drop, either way Chris hasn’t been given a cheque book – and that’s patently obvious.

    We were not brilliant last year, and this is the same team, which btw is the ‘loyal core’ of the useless one that got relegated. How the f*** do we stand an earthly?

    I wish I could refute Sirjasontoon@5 as easily as I would have last March. Alas, I cannot. This is becoming a nightmare, but not half the nightmare as propping up the table after 10 games will be, with JFK back in temporary charge….

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #18

    brilliant post captain beefheart, couldnt agree more, its not looking good, i think we will struggle against the likes of blackburn, stoke, birmingham, wolves etc, we have to finish ahead of 3 sides, blackpool and which other 2?? i thought wigan would be one side, not sure of the other

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  • Stuart

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Everyone keeps going on about us doing everything on the cheap, and I know we havent exactly been big spenders so far this summer, but isn’t there that thing coming through in the next few years that all clubs need to be financially stable?

    At the minute we must have the jump on other clubs by a long way. Teams like Manure who got straddled with all the Glaizer debt and Portsmouth etc, they will really be hit hard when it comes through.

    If newcastle carry on building a promising young team then in a few years we should be in the position to be financially sound and maybe even a few quid set aside to make us into the team we used to be again.

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  • FalseFlag

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #20

    brilliant post captain beefheart,its a worry,lets hope we have somthing in the pipeline,if not were in trouble.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #21

    GL880@18, I am not one for crying alarm – but I have kept an eye on all our rivals pre-season results and signings – and each is quietly getting on with sensible freebies and effective strengthening. Bolton remain unbeaten, Blackburn beat Celtic in Glasgow last week etc…

    In comparison we have done nothing since winning the fizzy, like a rabbit in a car’s headlights hoping it might all sort itself out.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #22

    nothing decent will be in the pipeline falseflag, that i can guarentee, we will leave it to the last minute and get a couple of players like lloyd samuel, roberts, players that cant get games at average sides. We will get the same stuff from the hughton aka “puppet” as we normally get, we tried but we just couldnt get the players at the right price etc etc blah blah

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 12, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #23

    yeah i have been doing the same mate, the likes of blackburn, wolves and bolton, defend pretty well, and are organised, and we proved against rangers we struggle badly to break sides down, im concerned

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #24

    i cant believe ppl r turning on houghton on here its perfetik n u really r kn*bs for doin so we havent even kicked a ball n ya slatein him, houghton has done a brilliant job getting us bk were we r n u hav to wait till the window closes before we can judge on signings, these blogs r great coz they really show ppls lack of knowledge of football, this is why we never have n never will achieve anything as a club bcoz some fans think they know best n start chanting for managers to b sacked after 5mins

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  • cally8793

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #25

    I dunno why people keep complaining about transfer activity so far, at least 5 managers have been quoted as saying that the market is slow until the last week or so of the window. Stop being miserable twats and just support the club

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    we arent turned on hughton you kn*b we are sick of ashley, if you dont like our opinion, which the whole point of a blog, fu*k off somewhere else, and i dont want him sacked, we are just saying how frustrating it is, go back and enjoy your school hols

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #27

    *turning not turned lmao 🙂

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  • G-Man

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #28

    First the Mackems get Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha, now West Ham are talking to Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo, what the hell are you doing Hughton?

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  • roy cropper

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #29

    hahahahha the penny has dropped – the CH & FATMAN loyalists are jumping ship like rats before we have even set sail.

    i’m with sjt – lots of tears for crimbo..

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #30

    davybtoon

    can we have that in English ?

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #31

    so if you arnt whats wit all the hope m,oneill comments ppl goin on bout hope he gets brought in before xmas, n for christ sake the ashly rants r so boring wen will ppl realise he is tryin to get the club fianicial stable yes i wish he wud spend money but the club not being in debt is more important n like i say wait till the end of the window before u judge, n there is no chance of being stable if relegated so of course there will b invest probably less than 10mill, n am 29 n a season ticket holder for years honestly ppl were moanin yesterday how blackpool had signd 5 players well if had of signed any of them players ppl wud of moaning like f**k coz ppl aint heard of them footie manager they must b crap i sometimes wonder that the extent of ppl football knowledge by playin manager games n then they fink they knw everything

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #32

    Stuart,

    Thats the point. We aren’t building a promising young team. The likes of Ranger, Vuksic, Kadar and Krul all of whom have never let us down are continually marginalised and we get repeatedly linked with deadbeats like Roberts and Samuel, instead of givng our young players a chance.

    Face it, it’s a PR thing linking us with Ben Arfa to sell season tickets.

    In the absense of quality signings I would rather see the younger players thrive than go with these aging journeymen.

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  • roy cropper

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #33

    @ 30 – i echo what 29 said.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #34

    Bloody hell the text generation it’s giving me a headache.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #35

    well i never said anything about hughton or martin o’neill, if we cant afford to get players, why dont we offload a couple of players, i dont think hughton is the right person for the job, but i will be behind him and the lads, we are just frustrated about the lack of activity, we arent exactly asking for alot of money to be spent, just a couple of shrewd signings, ben arfa and another player on loan would be good enough, and would only cost 2 loan fees, of around 2m probably

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #36

    and yes am one the of fans who think we can finish between 10th n 15th instead of writing us off like most ppl hav, if we played man u every week id b worried but were not bottom half of the league is championship standard at best i cant even believe ppl think wolvs , birmingham hav better players than we do

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #37

    i dont think wolves and birmingham have better players than us, i said i think we will struggle to break them down, as they both defend well and in numbers, like the rangers game, we need more attacking threat! my point is, i think we will stay up as it is, but would prefer it if we signed a couple of players, it would make it a lot more comfortable, and if we got a few injuries to say jonas and enrique, we would be screwed, as its our only outlet

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  • roy cropper

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #38

    does anyone know how you use the google translator ?..

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  • FalseFlag

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #39

    fk coppel resigns at bristol city,thought he just went there..

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #40

    lets wait in c if ben arfa happens, a year in the championship has brought everyone bk down to earth but some ppl r acting like we weve been in the champioship for years we have players with over 2000 games of pl exp, then u get ppl like that long haired tw*t robbie savage writing us off jus bcoz derby beats at there ground, if i had one problem wit houghton it is that he dosent play the youngins enough krul is clearly r best keeper, vukic n ranger r ready

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