Hughton has testing times ahead [updated]

Posted on October 30th, 2009 | 14 Comments |

Big tests ahead
Big tests ahead
New Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton hopes to get at least some of Mike Ashley’s £20m cash injection to spend on players.

Amidst Mike Ashley’s popular announcement that he would be inflicting himself upon Toon fans for another season and a half, there was also the news that he’s putting another £20m of his own money into the club. Ashley didn’t actually say where the £20m would be spent but it is speculated that the money would go towards new players and improving the scouting network.

Apparently Hughton – after talks with Ashley and Llambias – is already drawing up a list of targets for the January transfer window, although he was keen to just concentrate on our upcoming games for the moment. Hughton said:

The most important thing first and foremost is that we have to work with what we have.

We can’t bring in anybody until January other than loans.

I’ll identify what I think we need when that time comes, but the most important thing is getting the results in the games before then.

There are two remits really – the here and now, and then what happens when the window opens when we’ll sit down and look at it then.”

However, the Chronicle’s ‘Toon insider’ said:

The money will go into the pot to buy new players, but also some of it will be poured into the scouting network and elsewhere around the club.

Chris will have a major say in what players he wants to bring in and already has his own ideas on how he wants to play it in the January window.”

Assuming Newcastle are still looking like promotion material in January, the winter transfer window could be very important indeed. Does Hughton, for example, merely buy players who are good enough to get us promoted or does he buy players who he thinks will form the basis of a Premiership side? Indeed, what can he afford to do?

It would be fair to argue that a lack of stability at the management level (and above) was one of the main reasons we got relegated but the team played their part too. They simply weren’t good enough for the Premiership, yet we still have the core of that same team minus some of the better players such as Beye and Bassong.

Ashley has previously said he favours the ‘Arsenal Model’ of buying young unknowns with potential and developing them through the club, which is a fair enough idea in itself, but I think that sort of model presupposes starting from a position of relative strength and having the time to develop said players.

Should we get promoted, we’ll need a squad immediately capable of staying in the Premiership and Hughton will have just two transfer windows and limited funds with which to do that. Hughton will certainly have passed one test with flying colours if he gets us promoted but I think his biggest test will be how he handles life in the top league and how he creates a squad that can keep us there.

Of course we still have to survive this season first!

Updated: 09:15

I’m used to being wrong when I report things said in the press but I didn’t expect to be wrong quite so quickly!

According to Hughton as quoted in an article from this morning’s Northern Echo, little of the £20m cash injection will go on players. Hughton said:

The figures mentioned (£20m) are figures that would have had to be invested in the club anyway because of the normal running costs with a very high wage bill. That was expected anyway.

I have been the told the club will, as much as possible, back me in my endeavours in the transfer market and in bringing in the right type of loan players. I will get support from the board.”

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14 Responses

  1. Anyone else bored with Hughton? I know hes talking in interviews cos his mouth is moving but he never answers a question or tells you anything, a bit like a politician.
    His signings have hurt the team but he is reluctant to accept this, yes Ed he needs to restore Ranger but he wont.
    20m cash injection is for the club not transfers, amongst Hughtons ramblings i heard him say that it was for the current wages, he is definitely onside with his pals Mike and Derek trying to explain and defend them in interview and thats probably why he doesnt make any sense at all. I had a bit of time for Hughton but not anymore, when he tries to convince me that everything is rosy in the garden at the same time as patronizing the fans and club, i smell a very big dirty rat.
    Most definitely a front man for a dodgy set up.

  2. He’s acting like a little child in a chocolate factory. He’s scared the big man will kick him out if he say anything wrong.

  3. I think the anti Chris rhetoric needs to stop. All this continuous slating of him is really boring. He has been appointed manager whether we the fans like it or not. That will not change in the forseeable future so cannot people just stop carping about him?
    We are somehow top of the league at the moment, a situation we could only have dreamt of in the summer when a lot of people were predicting we would be propping up this division.
    We know the squad aren’t good enough and need a complete overhaul and addition of several new quality players if by some miracle we manage promotion this season.
    I’m sick of reading whatever Ashley does, whatever Hughton says just being slated. We know the regime are discredited but if we’re stuck with them, which we are, we should just try to get on as uneasy bedfellows (so to speak). Call a truce as it’s getting very wearing.
    Don’t think I can bear reading


  5. Hugh – why are you so surprised because I’m not – in fact I expected it.

    Our Philistine of an owner will not back Hughton financially or any other manager for that matter. Surely everyone is aware that he has caused a diversion every transfer window, whether it be sacking the manager of putting the club back on the market, all to avoid putting money into the first team.

    Whilst not being my choice of manager, I wish him well and hope he manages to do a good job in very trying circumstances, for all our sakes.

  6. Mags09 says:
    October 30, 2009 at 11:47 am

    “Our Philistine of an owner”

    Mags, that would actually be quite a compliment. Contrary to popular belief, the Philistines were actually very civilised, cultured and intelligent. All that stuff in the Bible was just ancient propaganda.

  7. Worky – I prefer to take the definition of the word as listed in the Dictionary as being…………uncultured, ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and intellectual achievement

  8. Philistinism is a derogatory term used to describe a particular attitude or set of values. A person called a Philistine (in the relevant sense), is said to despise or undervalue art, beauty, intellectual content, and/or spiritual values. Philistines are also said to be materialistic, to favor conventional social values unthinkingly, and to favor forms of art that have a cheap and easy appeal (e.g. kitsch).


  9. Mags09 says:
    October 30, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    “Worky – I prefer to take the definition of the word as listed in the Dictionary as being…………uncultured, ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and intellectual achievement”

    Poor old Philistines, they get a very bad press.

  10. Tough, I wasn’t the one who decided the definition of the word and in my mind it suits Ashley perfectly; over the years th emeaning of words gets changed – in what contaxt do you use the words ‘wicked’ or ‘gay’?