Chris Hughton joined Kevin Keegan at Newcastle earlier this year, and he has had a big impact in fixing the Newcastle defense and seems to work very well with Kevin.
Chris Hughton – Newcastle coach has done well since he arrived
That was the first major job Kevin gave to Chris when he first arrived from Tottenham, and he seems to have done extremely well.
Certainly, Steven Taylor gives Chris Hughton lots of credit for sorting the defense out.
Chris now thinks that a period of stability is needed at Newcastle as Kevin, Chris and the rest of the coaching staff will try to get the very best out of the squad, when the transfer comings and goings end on August 31st.
Chris talked to the Evening Chronicle today about the stability that is now needed:
â€œStability is the key word for Newcastle now.”
â€œI have come from a club which always spoke about stability but never really had it.”
â€œThere were many changes with managers in a short space of time.”
â€œThere is no doubt all that upheaval does not help.”
â€œA period of stability is what is needed here.”
â€œThe club made a decision to bring Kevin Keegan in and it was a popular one.”
â€œNow, though, we have to produce the goods.â€
Hughton feels that the Newcastle United squad showed in the last ten games of the season or so, just what the team could achieve, once Kevin and his staff had sorted things out.
Indeed, with the squad Kevin inherited, and Chris came in to help fix, the lads played very well in many of those games, and if that had been the start of the season, the team would have been highly placed in the league.
â€œI am quite sure Kevin looked at the end of last season with an eye to building towards next season.”
â€œWhat the club will do in terms of recruitment is down to the management and down to the club.”
â€œFrom a coachâ€™s point of view, it would be nice to have the platform.â€
We’re sure Chris is as interested as anybody in seeing which players the recruitment team and Kevin can coax into the club during the summer.
With players like Carr, Ramage, Troisi, Diatta, Rozehnal, Ameobi, Emre and even Duff probably leaving in the summer, we’ll need at least 5 new players to fill out the squad.
And then come the end of August, fan expectations will again be sky high, hoping that Kevin, along with his coaching staff, can bring back the good times to Tyneside.
We think he can.