DANNY Simpson is braced for a nervous Tuesday as he waits to hear what state Newcastle United will be in after the transfer deadline.
The on-loan defender admits that most of the players are in the dark about their futures, and he has no idea whether he will be joined by any further new arrivals before the window slams shut tomorrow afternoon.
And that means a tense and nervous wait by the television as events unfold for the right-back, who has been an immediate hit at St James’s Park.
“If we can keep the squad together that we’ve got then we know we have a great chance of getting automatic promotion back to the Premier League,” he said.
“It’s a bit of a mystery really and things can happen overnight. You’re training with lads and sometimes they don’t know they’ve been sold – the first time you find out is when you see it on television.
“Hopefully we can bring a few players in but I think that the main thing is keeping the lads we’ve got. There’s not long left before the transfer deadline and as a young lad coming into the team I hope that we do keep the players we’ve got.
“We’ve got some great players and we need to keep hold of them.” Simpson admits it is a bit of a shock to see United in the Championship – especially after the sort of welcome he has enjoyed on his return to the North East.
“Newcastle United are a huge club and you understand that as soon as you join. When I get a taxi, stop for petrol or go out to eat – everywhere there is a black-and-white shirt.
“Everyone is so passionate about the club – as a player it makes you realise how important it is to do well here. I really want to repay them.”
The other uncertainty surrounding United is on the managerial front, where it is still unclear if Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton or another candidate will be given permanent control.
Simpson would have no problem with Hughton continuing until the end of the campaign. “He’s a manager to me. I don’t see why he couldn’t be the permanent manager,” he said.
“I don’t understand this thing about coach or manager – training has been spot on under him and on match days as a manager he gets people prepared in the same way that every manager I’ve worked with in the past has.
“He’s very professional. They go about things in the right way – the tactics, the matches, the training – everything. I have noticed that the lads really like him and he’s really good.
“Have I seen another side to him since I’ve been here? He’s not had to get angry yet – and I hope he doesn’t have to
“I just hope we can keep winning for them. I’m thankful to him and Colin Calderwood for trusting me and giving me a chance to get my football in.”