Chris Hughton, Kevinâ€™s new coach at Newcastle starts work today and he is being asked immediately to plug Newcastleâ€™s defense.
Chris Hughton – new Newcastle coach
The defense is the biggest concern with the team, having already given up 52 goals so far this season, five more than all of last season, when our defense was also weak.
We suppose the defensive reinforcements we brought in during the summer have not got the job done.
The 49-year-old Londoner was sacked with Martin Jol at White Hart Lane in October after Newcastle beat Spurs 3-1 at St. Jamesâ€™ Park. But since new manager Ramos took over the London club have gone from strength to strength. They played an excellent game yesterday to beat a good Chelsea side 2-1 in the Carling Cup, after extra time. A feat (winning a trophy) Newcastle havenâ€™t achieved since 1969.Â Â 🙁
Keegan told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œDefensively, we need some work on shape and I think Steve and him will be a really good force together on the training pitch.â€â€œThatâ€™s where weâ€™ve got to work on things to get it right here.â€
â€œHeâ€™s good with players and good around players. Heâ€™s got a good way with them. Heâ€™s an experienced player himself, so they know when heâ€™s saying it, heâ€™s been there and done it himself.â€
Steve is our other coach, Steve Round, who is 37 and seems to be staying at Newcastle. Steve was at Middlesbrough and then England with Steve McClaren and is another well respected coach.
Hughton, as we mentioned earlier, played for Spurs for 13 years and had 297 appearances for the London club scoring 12 goals, before going on to lay for both West Ham and Brentford. He played for Ireland 53 times and joined the Tottenham coaching staff 10 years ago, so he is loaded with both playing and coaching experience.
It’s a tough but important task for Chris to start on, and we hope we’ll see the fruits of his efforts this coming Saturday against Blackburn Rovers. There again we’ve been trying to fix our defense for at least 10 years and haven’t been too successful, except under Bobby Robson.
Chris is highly thought of as a coach, and works very well with the players. From what we can tell he’s a very good addition to Kevin’s team. We’re glad he’s joined Newcastle United.
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