The real job on Tyneside starts now for Hughton and the lads

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

The horror show of last season's relegation

2009 - That horrible day when a Damien Duff OG sent Newcastle United down

I don’t think many Newcastle United fans will forget the day we were relegated from the Premier League, a fine day it was too, weather-wise. Pity it was the day Newcastle United waved goodbye to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years but a year later, we’re back up again, up with the big-boys so to speak. A season long effort by Chris Hughton and the players, saw us return to the Premier League with 5 games to spare, a memorable achievement for the Irishman as manager and indeed the dejected players. They made it their mission to get Newcastle United back to the Premier League after an embarrassing campaign the year before.

That said, it’s all good and well getting up to the Premier League but we needed it and indeed the players needed to repay us for the relegation, especially considering the huge amount of money they were are sucking from the club. I’m not being pessimistic, but realistic. We’ve a long season ahead of us in the Premier League and I’d be very surprised if we finish mid-table as some pundits are predicting.

The good news is, Mike Ashley is going to back Chris Hughton once again the transfer market or so it’s being reported and indeed he’s meant to be handed a budget of Β£25m or thereabouts to bolster his squad with. A predominant striker proven at Premier League level is on top of the list, if rumours are accurate anyway.

There are sure to be players leaving Newcastle in the summer and it’ll be interesting to see who will actually leave St.James’ Park. I can’t help but think Alan Smith and maybe Fabricio Coloccini could make way to reduce the way bill, and even though we’ll be getting increased revenue for being in the Premier League, our wage-bill is still too high. Better than before, but still too high.

It’s a bonus if we win the league and it’s looking rather likely, as well as keeping our unbeaten home-record going however the real job starts now, recruiting new players and getting the plans ready for the Premier League campaign. Saying that, we needn’t worry, Chris Hughton is already working on this I’m sure. πŸ˜€

Let’s enjoy the success of getting an immediate return to the Premier League and why not put a cheeky bid in for Lionel Messi? πŸ˜€

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AussieToon: ⏱ 07/04/2010

I think if we do get the rumored Β£25m or so it will put us in good stead for the Premier League.By no means should fans expect any European action, I think Safety would be goal with mid table security an awesome achievement in the first season. Jaime O'Hara would be a good addition. Alan Hutton also would bolster our defence. Who else can we get? The one thing is Chris Hughton has proved very good in the transfer market so having those type of funds will go a long way for us.

AussieToon: ⏱ 07/04/2010

I think if we do get the rumored Β£25m or so it will put us in good stead for the Premier League.By no means should fans expect any European action, I think Safety would be goal with mid table security an awesome achievement in the first season. Jaime O'Hara would be a good addition. Alan Hutton also would bolster our defence. Who else can we get? The one thing is Chris Hughton has proved very good in the transfer market so having those type of funds will go a long way for us.

Northern_Jedi: ⏱ 07/04/2010

I honestly believe that four quality signings rather than 5 or 6 average players will see us do very well in the PL next season. The big thing for me is that we bring in players with PL experience and not take to many chances; Outs; Leon Best (nothing short of woeful; we need 5 strikers in PL; Ameobi, Carroll, lovenkrands, ranger + 1 new addition) Nicky butt - out of contract Pancrate - out of contract Alan Smith - to slow for the PL + on big money ( we need a creative pacey central midfielder) Ins; Curtis Davies - 4/5 million (Not getting a sniff at villa) Jamie O-hara - 4/5 million Carlos Vela - Season long loan ( i'm convinced this lad will score goals in the PL; a real talent with plenty of pace) Joe Ledley - Free transfer (out of contract at end of season; has had injury troubles but still only around 25 and has plenty of skill and ability; the one of my signings who has not played PL football yet)

Northern_Jedi: ⏱ 07/04/2010

I honestly believe that four quality signings rather than 5 or 6 average players will see us do very well in the PL next season. The big thing for me is that we bring in players with PL experience and not take to many chances; Outs; Leon Best (nothing short of woeful; we need 5 strikers in PL; Ameobi, Carroll, lovenkrands, ranger + 1 new addition) Nicky butt - out of contract Pancrate - out of contract Alan Smith - to slow for the PL + on big money ( we need a creative pacey central midfielder) Ins; Curtis Davies - 4/5 million (Not getting a sniff at villa) Jamie O-hara - 4/5 million Carlos Vela - Season long loan ( i'm convinced this lad will score goals in the PL; a real talent with plenty of pace) Joe Ledley - Free transfer (out of contract at end of season; has had injury troubles but still only around 25 and has plenty of skill and ability; the one of my signings who has not played PL football yet)

chuck: ⏱ 07/04/2010

There`s going to be a lot of speculation as to both the amount of available dosh and who it will be spent on. From now on you will hear about so many players we should be signing, many that perhaps few have heard of, but fit the requirements, cheap and not over twenty six. A requirement which IMO is ridiculess, every team needs a certain amount of seasoned players, to set standards based solely on age is nonsense. Doubt if we will spend much over ten million, could be a gamble, but then if things go brown, we can spend during the winter window. The program appears to be get a couple of decent players in, to survive the first season back, then build year by year by adding and selling. Certainly not a bad policy, it`s just the age limit that bothers me, we would never have signed such players as Pedro, Ginola, Robert, Speed, Sir Les.,Lee etc. had that policy been in effect. Most athletes reach their prime @ about twenty seven or eight and depending on fitness and lifestyle play their best football up untill early thirties. But hey! what do i know ?

chuck: ⏱ 07/04/2010

Hutton & O`Hara seem like decent additions, but it would take at least ten million to aquire both, thats a big chunk of the available dosh unfortunately.

chuck: ⏱ 07/04/2010

There`s going to be a lot of speculation as to both the amount of available dosh and who it will be spent on. From now on you will hear about so many players we should be signing, many that perhaps few have heard of, but fit the requirements, cheap and not over twenty six. A requirement which IMO is ridiculess, every team needs a certain amount of seasoned players, to set standards based solely on age is nonsense. Doubt if we will spend much over ten million, could be a gamble, but then if things go brown, we can spend during the winter window. The program appears to be get a couple of decent players in, to survive the first season back, then build year by year by adding and selling. Certainly not a bad policy, it`s just the age limit that bothers me, we would never have signed such players as Pedro, Ginola, Robert, Speed, Sir Les.,Lee etc. had that policy been in effect. Most athletes reach their prime @ about twenty seven or eight and depending on fitness and lifestyle play their best football up untill early thirties. But hey! what do i know ?

chuck: ⏱ 07/04/2010

Hutton & O`Hara seem like decent additions, but it would take at least ten million to aquire both, thats a big chunk of the available dosh unfortunately.

Doocey: ⏱ 07/04/2010

Agreed but money needs to be sent for sure.

Doocey: ⏱ 07/04/2010

Agreed but money needs to be sent for sure.

Neil: ⏱ 07/04/2010

I think it will be Β£25m max – some reports are saying as little as Β£15m (but nobody really knows, so these figures are probably all just random guesses if we’re being honest). AussieToon says that Hughton has done well in the transfer market so far. What does everyone else think? Doocey, perhaps a separate thread for us to debate this? I was initially quite pleased with the January signings in particular, and especially as there was little money to spend. Then I thought about it a bit more. Here are my conclusions on our 2009/10 signings:- Simpson – did an OK job this season but will struggle in the PL. Lovenkrands – a very good signing (well, re-signing, so not sure if Hughton gets all of the credit for that one!). In my opinion our best striker and will probably do reasonably well next season. Pancrate – one or two decent performances but not good enough for the PL, barely good enough for the Championship. Will almost certainly leave in the summer. Routledge – has done very well so far and although it’s still early days, seems a good signing, potentially a bargain. A bit concerned about whether he can maintain form and fitness over a sustained period of time, given the number of clubs he has had for a relatively young player. Williamson – so far so good. Another potential bargain. Best – an absolutely disastrous signing. Not even good enough for the Championship, so has no chance of cutting it in the PL. So a bit of a mixed bag, in my opinion.

Neil: ⏱ 07/04/2010

I think it will be Β£25m max – some reports are saying as little as Β£15m (but nobody really knows, so these figures are probably all just random guesses if we’re being honest). AussieToon says that Hughton has done well in the transfer market so far. What does everyone else think? Doocey, perhaps a separate thread for us to debate this? I was initially quite pleased with the January signings in particular, and especially as there was little money to spend. Then I thought about it a bit more. Here are my conclusions on our 2009/10 signings:- Simpson – did an OK job this season but will struggle in the PL. Lovenkrands – a very good signing (well, re-signing, so not sure if Hughton gets all of the credit for that one!). In my opinion our best striker and will probably do reasonably well next season. Pancrate – one or two decent performances but not good enough for the PL, barely good enough for the Championship. Will almost certainly leave in the summer. Routledge – has done very well so far and although it’s still early days, seems a good signing, potentially a bargain. A bit concerned about whether he can maintain form and fitness over a sustained period of time, given the number of clubs he has had for a relatively young player. Williamson – so far so good. Another potential bargain. Best – an absolutely disastrous signing. Not even good enough for the Championship, so has no chance of cutting it in the PL. So a bit of a mixed bag, in my opinion.