We’ve been impressed with former Tottenham coach Chris Hughton, since he arrived at the Newcastle club, and it looks as though Steven Taylor is also more than impressed with Chris.
Steven Taylor – Chris Hughton is absolutely fantastic
We have been impressed since Kevin arrived with all of the coaching at the club, but weâ€™ve been especially impressed with Chris Hughton, who seems so enthusiastic, and should work very well with Mr. Enthusiasm himself, King Kev.
Hughton has quietly gone about his business and he has shown why Martin Jol was such a strong believer in his methods during their time together at Tottenham.
Chris’ initial job from Kevin was to put the defense right, and weâ€™ve now had 3 clean sheets in the last 4 outings with the defense. And, dare we say it, the defense is looking superb these days.
Steven Taylor talked about Chris today:
“Chris has been absolutely fantastic,” “Every day, basically all we do is back four work. That’s all we’re getting drilled into us.â€“Chris looks after the nitty gritty of the defensive work.â€
â€œWe’ve become a unit and much more solid. We’re looking out for each other. If one of us isn’t having a good game, we get behind him. There’s no criticism.â€
“We’ve got enough quality in the team to win any game, so it’s up to us as a defensive unit to be solid. It’s three clean sheets in a row now and four in five. We look at it as something to build on.”
“It’s a pity that we couldn’t do it at the start of the season, but it just shows how we’ve developed into a solid unit.”
We now are mathematically safe from relegation but we sense the Newcastle players want to win all the three remaining fixtures to put some gloss on a very disappointing season.
Chris Hughton – with Kevin on the training pitch
We need 3 points today to help get over the disappointment of not being able to close the deal to bring the great Luka Mordic to Newcastle, a good solid win is what we need.
“The derby win has lifted everybody, the city, the fans, the players,”
“We can’t wait for West Ham now. It’s a big game, we know that, but we believe we can win there.”
So at 5:00pm today we hope we’ll be able to report on the top 10 watch as looking good since we are now just 2 points behind West Ham United. We’ll see.