Chris Hughton arrived at Newcastle United for his first day of work at his new club yesterday.
Chris Hughton – Kevin’s new Assistant Manager
Chris was officially unveiled as Keeganâ€™s assistant manager last night and as we reported yesterday, his main priority this week will be working with our defense. His task is to try to plug the many holes that keep appearing in it. Not an easy first job at the club.
We have given up 52 goals in our first 27 league games, which is five more than we conceded last season for all 38 games. It’s just a woeful performance this season from our new look defense. 🙁
So again, itâ€™s not hard to see where improvement is needed at Newcastle United. While itâ€™s really all over the pitch, the defense in particular needs a couple of dominant players and leaders to be brought in during the summer. That’s got to be Kevin’s priority plus a number of flair players with speed. We don’t think 4 new senior players will be near enough to turn us around for next season, which has to be the aim during the summer transfer window.
On his arrival yesterday Hughton said:
“All it took was a phone call and within seconds I’d said yes,” “When you have been in the game for as long as I have, the opportunity to come to a club of this stature is always going to be too big an opportunity to turn down.”
“When the phone call came it was very welcomed and I jumped at the chance straight away.” “My role is to support Kevin as part of a coaching group that we feel can enhance the qualities of the team.”
“I have known Kevin for some time and I have been in, and enjoyed, his company on many occasions.” “As somebody from outside that is always looking in on Newcastle, you always look in awe of what a fantastic club it is.”
“The city and the supporters that the club has is incredible and I’m very excited to be part of it.”
Hughton is very experienced as both a player at Tottenham, where he played 297 times and as a coach there too. He left last October when Martin Jol was sacked. Chris also served as assistant to Brian Kerr with the Ireland national team between 2003 and 2005.
We’re hoping his impact will be immediate this week, and our defense can put in a solid display this Saturday.
That hasn’t happened in a long long time – so it must be due. 😀
Let’s know what you think. Comments are always welcome.