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Signings Not Close – Hughton Demands Response Saturday

It doesn’t look like Chris Hughton is anywhere close to signing new players yet – to strengthen our paper-thin squad.

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Chris and Colin – short of players

Yesterday we heard that Fulham striker Kamara will not be coming in, since Fulham need him in their squad as they play in Europe this season.

And we just cannot help thinking that the loan business will have to wait to nearer the last day (November 25th) of this window, before we are forced into some business, simply because that will save the club money.

Isn’t that the way the club has been run over the summer ?

The club was very wary of bringing any new players in, as we ditched as many as 10 players, but only brought  in a couple – Danny Simpson and Peter Lovenkrands.

We could be wrong, but with Ashley still on board, we have to think that could be the way the dynamic duo of Ashley/Llambias are now thinking. And even that they can sell the club soon, without having to delve into the loan market at all.

After last night’s terrible result, manager Chris Hughton wants a response from the team on Saturday, as he told Newcastle United TV:

“I’m very, very confident that we’ll get a positive response on Saturday,”  “We’ve got a group of lads who have been excellent this season and they will be desperate to put right this result against Plymouth.”

“It’s an excellent chance, at home, to get another three points and we’ll be looking to bounce back with a win.”  “We will regroup now on Thursday and start preparations for what is another big game.”

“Thankfully we only wait three days to play again because these boys will want to prove that Wednesday’s result was a one-off.”

We really hope the players do want to prove last night was just an off day, and we’d like to see the lads start the game on Satursday like the proverbial steam train!

Good words from Chris above, and with Plymouth bottom of the league, surely we can get all 3 points on Saturday, however we play?

But there we go again – thinking we have a good team – and the truth is we’re not quite sure right now.

And in fact our next two league games are against the bottom two clubs as we play at Ipswich Town a week on Saturday, and they are currently second bottom with just 3 points from the first 7 games.

23 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Im looking forward to a vibrant noisy SJP on saturday!!!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #2

    There is zero planning at this club,no ambition from the owner who clearly doesn’t give a stuff about NUFC.

    Expect no new signings and no perm management appointment and no sale of the club either.

  • Brettoon

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    We need a few players in and it’s sad it always seems to happen at the very last minute or not at all.

    Really annoying.

    Big game Saturday

  • Darling27

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m sure the lads will put in a cracking performance Saturday. Come On The Toon!!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 17, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    If Mike was sensible he would have invested 12m on four decent players in the transfer window….this would have more or less assured us of promotion to the premiership.

    What happend….we took on Simpson free until January and Lovenkrands on a free and released 10 players….something is not adding up here or have I missed something.

  • Toon_Army

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Over the last couple of years it is becoming more evident that MA has a vendetta against NUFC… EVERYTHING he has done has been detrimental to the club, the list is endless…

    I refuse to believe this is a man that does not understand how to run a football club, it’s like he is taking the club apart piece by piece as I see no personal gain for him in this I have to assume that this is an emotional response to a trumatic event in his past involving NUFC…

    Bringing Dennis W to the club

    Sacking Keegan and dragging the club through the mud

    The sale and non replacement of squad/key players

    A Total Silence on all matters not associated with the team (even then players are sold without the managers knowledge – KK)

    I find this very depressing and am not sure we will see the end of MA any time soon, I get the impression he is not happy with the clubs turn of fortunes on the pitch either….

    Why is my only question, why why why!!!

  • G

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Lets face it, MA has the fans by the danglies. He doesn’t care, he wants to make some money and wash his hands. He has put one of his mates in the job instead of a competent Chief Exec. I can’t wait till this bloke dissapears and we hopefully get somebody in who at least has a modicum of business accumen, and at least appoints a football man into the position of running a football club. I would even accept the pornographer and the call girl from Brum now that Carson Yeung’s Brum deal looks like going through. At least they balanced the books, and allowed their managers to delve into the transfer market occasionally.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah, yeah – same old stuff; conjecture, vitriol and hyperbole. Don’t care any more – just need to get promoted.

    Hopefully last night will put some weight beyind the calls for players (from Hughton, Nolan and others this week) but let’s not get carried away. You don’t just go out and get ’emergency’ loans until you have an emergency.

    For me, we need at least one winger, one CB and a striker. If I had to choose one, I’d say a winger. Other than that, sit tight and see who gets crocked, then act. What’s the point in paying people (through the nose with most loan signings) to sit on the bench?

  • maltese NUFC

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Apparently the club is waiting a bit longer because loan signings are 3 months long to the day, therefore Hughton has to wait a few more days to complete the signings so that he could go through the Christmas period with more players! Our last gae of the year is on the 28th December against Derby, therefore dont expect any signings before the 28th Spetember

    look at what boro did

  • lesh

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #10

    It’s patently obvious that teh dynamic duo are running the club with their focus solely on the finances.

    In principle, fine but for gooodness sake, there must come a time when the risks associated with not investing in players are considered against the longer term detriment to the business’s future income streams.

    Speculate? Accumulate?

    Unless the purse strings are so tightly closed, then they must act soon.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #11

    I know it’s not an original thought, but I can’t get past Smith’s absence as the key reason for the change last night.

    Same players (loads of CMs and not much else) but somehow a totally different result. It’s got to be the lack of that thumping, yelling, tackling, snarling leader in the middle, surely?

    Butt on the bench, please. Good lad an all, but no more than a sub these days.

  • lesh

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Yes Maltese NUFC, the Dynamic duo really need to look at what Boro did – they landed a good quality defender in St Ledger!

  • Ericles

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #13

    We cannot expect to win every game. However I do not mind us losing in match where we do our very best. It is the rub of the green. But we must not get complacent like we were against Blackpool. Now we need to ask why we are not getting loanees in? Recently we can be seen as a team that will be promoted – so why the delays?
    Seems we are back to fat Ashley once more.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #14

    While I think Houghton has done a good job it was painfully obvious not only last night but also against Cardiff we do not have anatural goalscorer (Ranger will come good given time) & the worst thing is without Jonas we don’t have any pace or wide men in the side. Teams l;ike Blackpool are going to be really up when they play us & unless we compete & get some pace in the side we will not get promoted. Barton, Geremi & possibly Butt just aren’t up to it.

  • Wilad

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Jesus everyone – we loose on game and its back to the Cashley bashing. We know what he is what he’s like. However we also know when we all piss and moan about him it gets us nowhere. We were always gong to loose this season and frnakly it’s better against Blackpool becasue it’ll give them a wake up call. As long as it doesn’t happen too often!

  • Whumpie

    Sep 17, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #16

    maltese NUFC is exactly right: you leave loans until the last minute because otherwise you hit December and they all have to go back to their clubs and you’re stuffed.

    So put the scythes and torches back in the barn and calm down.

  • Macas35

    Sep 17, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #17

    The point is we are lacking key players now, whereas Ameobi and Gutierrez will be back by Christmas

  • magpie4ever

    Sep 17, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #18

    A few folk at work (Mackems) posed the question to me yesterday…3 pts tonight? I err’d on the side of caution and replied “I hope so”. The reason I gave them turned out to be true…”One of these days our defence will concede goals and when they do I don’t think we have the attacking options to score more than the other team right now”. So yes I’m disappointed but if you’d asked me at the start of the season if I’d take what we’ve got so far at this stage then “yes” would’ve been the answer. Let’s face it if we’re going to lose (and at some point we were) I’d rather it was against a team that won’t be competing for the top two automatic promotion spots come May! However we do need more attacking options!

  • dave 1961

    Sep 17, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #19

    the longer we go without a manager the less likely promotion will be, as proved last night Chris is not a manager, he got things all wrong, most games we have been out played by the opposition & been lucky. we cant afford to loose many, when i heard the team last night, it was a case of hear we go again. Chris Hughton has carried the club for too long we need action from Ashley.

  • Spitfire

    Sep 17, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #20

    God. Everyone is making sensible comments. The nutters must still be in bed.
    Hughton can use last nights result as a wake up call. Its not a disaster. We had to lose one eventually. My own view is that Smiths absence was key.

  • magpie4ever

    Sep 17, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Strange we just signed Blackburn Rovers defender Zurab Khizanishvili.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 17, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #22

    We NEED a STRIKER pronto…we aint scorin’ enough GOALS Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 17, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Cost a fortune to get that on a Toon Shirt and they would probably spell it wrong as well 🙂


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