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Hughton Still Confident Of Strengthening Newcastle Squad

As we’ve mentioned before the squad Newcastle have in place this summer is already much improved on the one we had in place last July.

Chris Hughton – give us a wave

A number of our younger players, like Andy Carroll and Danny Guthrie have improved, some of our older players like Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith have come through, and Mike Williamson and Wayne Routledge look like bargain buys made in January.

Of course the Championship is a lower standard than the tough English Premier League, so we need to take that into account when we look at any improvement of our players,  but there are also many players in the Newcastle squad who know all about the Premiership.

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton feels the squad will gain from the successful season they have just completed, as he told the Newcastle Journal today:

“I genuinely feel we will be better for the season just gone, albeit at a lower level,”   “I think the confidence generated from this season will stand us in good stead.”

“What we have had this season is a team playing with a lot of confidence. We know we’ve been doing it at a different level but you would rather have that bit of confidence and momentum than not.”

“Now we want to build on it. We’re aware it’s a tough league we’re going into and we’ll have to strengthen in some areas.”

Chris seems confident he will be strengthening the side this summer, whether it’s with free agents, loan players and/or players he brings in on transfer – assuming some transfer funds will be made available by the club.

But Hughotn also knows he already has some good experience in the squad with players like Harper, Enrique, Coloccini, Taylor (S), Smith, Barton, Gutierrez and Lovenkrands  -to name but a few.

Chris continued:

“I think the fact we have plenty of Premier League experience in that dressing room is something in our favor,” “They know how tough it is going to be next season.”

We’re hoping for at least four new players coming in this summer – probably in the positions of full-back, central midfield, winger and striker.

And we don’t much care if they are on loan or free agents – just as long as they are quality players, who want to come to Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • JSYproject

    May 26, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #2

    am i the only one who thinks alan smith is just not a football player? Striker who cnt score goals? We will make him an offensive midfielder.. Ahh hes no good there either? Well make him a defensive midfielder instead… All he does now is dodgy tackles and warms the bench. We gonna make him a defender next? Better yet lets just skip that one and put him straight to ball boy

  • jimiley

    May 26, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    We do not need any loan players because this team is good enough to finish 8th without any additions. They will merely upset the balance of a talented team which ran away with the Championship. If CH cannot buy proven quality (and the greedy fat man will not give him any cash) We should stick with proven quality. Smudger is an international player and so is Barton. A fantastic midfield pairing good enough to overrun all teams but the top 4 or 5 Why should we belittle ourselves with loan signings from Arsenal or manure or buy 300K rejects? We are NUFC one of the richest clubs in Europe. Are you listening fat man?

  • JSYproject

    May 26, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    jimiley you tit. Top class midfield? Except one of them isnt even a midfielder. Where is this 8th comin from? Do you have tablets you should be taking or something?

  • G

    May 26, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    JYSProject, think you are being a tad harsh on Smith. I think he has adapted well to the def mid berth that CH has been playing him in, given the fact that Manyoo bought him as a striker, played him as a winger, and again he has adapted to another unfamiliar role. I think he has done a decent enough job the role, and I for one will be quite happy to see him there next season too.

  • Ericles

    May 26, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    I thought Jim Iley was a cracking wing half!!!! Wish we still had him!

  • G

    May 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    JYS given the starting positions of both players mentioned by jimiley, which player do you believe not to be a midfielder? Incidentaly, calm down on the responses a bit, the blog exists to express opinions, so when somebody expresses theirs, there is no need to go for the throat in response.

  • JSYproject

    May 26, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #8

    we got strikers playin in our midfield cos they cant score goals.. Even at championship level? And its only because you cant justify payin a player 50,000 a week to be a reserve striker why he was ever on the pitch, all hes been doin is standin in the way of guthries progression. Hes a joke. If an employee does not do their job properly they get sacked, why is it any different in football?

  • Charlietoon

    May 26, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #9

    The problem G is that this is a NUFC blog and when Jimiley aka Fernando comes on here taking the piss out of the fans we all have the right to tell him to fark off 🙂

    If you think he is a fan read his comments. They are the words of a deluded spastic. Smudger and Barton internationals…yeah five years ago. Anyone who had watched a toon game would know Smith has not played since the first half of the season and Barton came back for the last four.


  • Sav

    May 26, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #10

    That picture of Hughton

    – is he waving or drowning?

    Ashole’s policy of raking in all the Prem cash and not allowing CH a decent 15 mil to rebuild could explode in his chubby face as we endure another humiliating relegation dogfight. We know he’s a compulsive gambler and a wildcard businessman. We need sensible policy, not a slammed door.

    JimIley, I remember when you played for us mate – and I’ve never heard such nonsense in all those intervening years. Time for your meds.

  • Sav

    May 26, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    The squad will gain in confidence from last year’s winning run. And it will last until Chelsea or ManU put half a dozen past us without breaking sweat, when it will dissolve quicker than the smirk on Llambias’ face.

  • G

    May 26, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Charlietoon, fair enough, yes his comments are little bit on ‘happy clappy’ side of optimism, I just think we should keep the personnal insults to a minimum and at least try to have a bit of empathy with others opinions… even when they are tripe!

  • Craigg

    May 26, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Still lots of Smoggy – Wheater to toon speculation apparantly £4m deal after Hughton refused Smith swap.

  • Sav

    May 26, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    The difference between us and the Baggies, Wigan, Blackpool and a few others is they may be happy enough to spend nowt and take another tumble. They will live to fight another day in the Championship. Its a good way for a poverty-stricken club to survive.

    But we are Newcastle United, a massively well-supported club and we expect more. That’s not delusion talking but fact. To quote Royston Keane, Esq. ‘Fail to prepare – prepare to fail’. Ashole should remember that.

  • wilkyvondooom

    May 26, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #15

    jimiley – Smudger is an international player …hahaha, i’ve just choked on me lambert n scuttler.

  • JSYproject

    May 26, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    sav i believe that was benjamin franklin originally hahaa


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