In his first week as Kevin Keegan’s Assistant Manager at Newcastle, Chris Hughton has indicated the first priority for this season is to stay in the Premier league, and he’s so right about that.
Chris Hughton – new Assistant Manager seems down to earth
Chris Hughton said yesterday:
â€œOur first priority this season is to achieve safety, and then we can build for next season during the summer.”â€œThe standard of the Premier League now is so high. The teams in the bottom half of the table are also strong and everybody is fighting for survival.â€
â€œOf course, with Kevin coming in everybody is expecting that additions will come in to strengthen what we already have, and then we will go from there.â€
â€œWhen 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.”
â€œWhen the phone call came, it was very welcome and I jumped at the chance straight away.”
â€œMy role is to support Kevin as part of a coaching group that we feel can enhance the qualities of the team.â€
Good words from Chris and he is working this week, along with Kevin and our other coach Steve Round, to try to strengthen our defense. That’s no easy task at Newcastle, since we seem to have had defensive problems for at least a decade.
We thought we would have fixed that when Big Sam brought in so many defensive reinforcements in the summer, but they just haven’t strengthened our defense at all. It’s as bad as ever, and we’ll still need some defenders and midfield players in the summer. A left back and a center back will be the minimum we need to bring in to shore up our back line.
Next game up is against Blackburn on Saturday, and while that will not be easy surely there’s a chance we can break our 10 game league stretch without a win.
Wouldn’t that be a welcome win?
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