Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

If Hugh Back Gaffer We Will Stay on the Up; Fans Rally Round United Boss but Urge The: Toon Chiefs to Target Premier League Signings

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

If Hugh Back Gaffer We Will Stay on the Up; Fans Rally Round United Boss but Urge The: Toon Chiefs to Target Premier League Signings

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Byline: LEE RYDER

UNITED fanzine editor Mark Jensen has faith that Chris Hughton can continue his "miracle working" at Newcastle United - providing he is efficiently backed in the transfer market this summer. However, Jensen says that failure to prepare could see United supporters preparing to fail if the current roster isn't reinforced this summer.

And as far as Jensen, who has edited The Mag for over 20 years, is concerned, United don't necessarily require signings that possess the "wow factor" as they head back to the promised land of the Premier League.

Jensen told the Chronicle: "I don't think people are obsessed with the 'wow factor', they just want to see good business done.

"You look back at people like Seb Bassong, and he was a bargain buy who was probably our best player that season.

"Then you look at Albert Luque, who cost a fortune, and he was a total flop.

"Fans just want to see people with pedigree coming in.

"My own concern is that we see a striker come in who has proved he can score goals in the Premier League before.

"We're after a player that has the attributes.

"A goalscorer is vital for us next season. You look at Sunderland - without Darren Bent they'd have had big problems.

"You can't emphasise how important it is to bring in a player who can get goals at the top level."

But Jensen says that, as far as the manager's office is concerned, it's a case of in Hughton we trust.

He added: "Chris Hughton has done the job the best way and that's by letting actions speak louder than words.

"He's got into a position where he has proved he can do the job.

"But he has an even bigger job now in the Premier League next season. He's earned the right to get it and the fans have taken to him.

"I'm glad he's done it by doing it via his actions rather than big words.

"We've had that in the past with Joe Kinnear, Graeme Souness and Sam Allardyce, and Hughton really does make a refreshing change. …

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