Amid rumours that Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor could be leaving Newcastle, manager Chris Hughton has quelled talk that the pair could leave and has gone on to say that he wants to keep all of his first-team players.
The Magpies are preparing for their first season back in the Premiership after immediately winning promotion from the Championship following their relegation. It has been already announced that there will be no funds available to sign players in the summer, so Hughton will have to do some wheeling and dealing to bring in players on free transfers and on loan. As a result of Newcastle’s financial situation it could be possible that clubs look to capitalise on their predicament and make a move for their star players.
However apart from possibly agreeing to loan out some of their youngsters, Hughton has no intention of letting anybody leave. The manager has said:
“I can categorically say that we have not had one bid or any interest in any of our first team players and we wouldn’t welcome any either. There have been no offers for either Steven or Andy; they are important players for us.”
Hughton went on to say: “The interest that we’ve had in our players has been about the younger lads, possibly taking them on loan, and that is something that we have to decide on later in the summer.” (Chronicle)
Clearly Hughton doesn’t want to see anybody depart the club and he definitely needs all the players to stay together because they could be absolutely vital to Newcastle staying up next season. With no funds it will be a tough ask anyway for them to keep their Premier League status so they need all the help that they can get. Player loyalty will be crucial and after the turbulent times the club has been through a lot of the players owe at least one more season to Newcastle. If they can keep the squad they’ve got and add a few free transfers and loan signings then there is no reason that they can’t stay up but it will take a lot of hard work and dedication.
Newcastle did brilliantly to get promoted last season in the manner they did as they made returning to the Premiership look easy and achieved a feat that takes many clubs years to do so. If they can stay up this year then it could be as big an achievement as very rarely do clubs come up and spend no money at all, so if Chris Hughton can do it then he will deserve to be in the running for the manager of the year next season.
Do you think Newcastle can stay up?