Hughton’s three main priorities: Promotion, promotion and promotion.

Posted on November 21st, 2009 | 13 Comments |

Hughton: Promotion first.
Hughton: Promotion first.
Newcastle United manager, Chris Hughton, has been talking about bringing players into the club, either on loan or permanently. His main emphasis seems to be on promotion first, leaving the onerous task of building a squad that is fit for another long spell in the Premiership and beyond until that objective has been achieved. The mangerial maestro said:

“We are a third through the season, so it is difficult to be thinking about the Premier League,”

“I know it will continue to be very tough. Our one objective is to get through this campaign and gain promotion. If we are fortunate enough to get promoted I think there are issues which can be dealt with at that time.”

Of course, the issue of how much control Hughton has on who comes into the club has been something the thorny issue for some fans since Mike Ashley’s statement on having the “final say” (as all owner’s ultimately do anyway). Touching on this, Hughton remarked:

“I have been told it’s for me to identify the players I want.

“I have no fears of bringing somebody in on loan or on permanent deal. If I feel it’s right I will put it to the board and hope to get their backing.”

Hughton then moved on to current loanee, Marlon Harewood and Toon supporters. Harewood has struggled on occaision since his latest move, after having a rather barren spell in terms of first team appearences at Villa and on loan at Wolves. He has needed time to come back into full focus, but seemed to be getting back into the swing of things in the last game against Peterborough United. On Harewood, Hughton remarked:

“Marlon got a good reception when he came off against Peterborough and that was a result of his hard work.

“The Newcastle fans want to see nice football and their team winning football matches.

“But, what they always want to see is players that are giving 100 per cent and putting themselves about.

“And Marlon put in a workmanlike performance for the team in that game and I think the fans appreciated that.

“If he can start adding a few goals to those sort of performances then Marlon will be a hit here.”

Well, if Harewood and other recently struggling hitman, Peter Lovenkrands come back into full form, and not forgetting the very recent signing of another winger / striker, Fabrice Pancrate, there’s going to be quite a few frontmen for Hughton to pick from in future games, and a much better situation on the flanks too.

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13 Responses

  1. Think Chris could have a future in politics , he gives a numerous interviews and say`s  nothing,  not easy.
    Guy`s a survivor, how many years at Spurs ?
    Definitely   between a rock and a hard place during his time a the Toon, guess he makes Ashleys life easier, no demands.

  2. Well, he is managing, isn’t he?
    I like the way he gives nowt away chuck.
    Is that a good thing in your book?

  3. Personally I would like to know more about what is happening after the press conference. With Hughton I know nothing more than I did at the start.

  4. The problem with Chris Hughton is that he is too stable and keeps getting on with his job and talking about football. Newcastle United supporters want pompous egos who strut around the stage and put on a show.  People who are full of sound and fury, but usually signifying nothing much.

  5. That is the stereotypical view of a Newcastle fan. I don’t mind Hughton talking about football but I would like a bit more information.

    “Sol was at a function and he was asked the question. He has on a couple of occasions shown a desire to come to Newcastle.
    “We are not aware what the situation is at the moment. As far as we know, he’s still a Notts County player on their registration.
    “All the things we are aware of – most of it is coming from Sol.”
    That is what Hughton said about Campbell but that does not tell us if Hughton wants him, he doesn’t want him or anything I would want to know.

  6. My mentioning Hughton said little, was no way a negative  statement.
    Face it what the hell can you expect from someone in his position.
    As far as i am concerned he is doing a remarkable job , all things considered and  the fact we lack a  PR dept., someone has to be the spokesperson.

  7. Hitman & Stuart
    Actually i find Workey to be  fair minded for the most part and quite amusing .
    Even if he does steal  lines from Shakespeare
    Tedious is what you guy`s are.