Hughton Determined To Maintain Spirit Of Players


Chris Hughton, the Newcastle stand-in manager has talked about how he has tried to keep the spirit of the Newcastle players high in training, and that he has had good help from some of our senior players like captain Michael Owen.

Chris Hughton – has  hard job right now at the club

This is what Chris said today about the efforts to keep the players’ morale high this week:

“Michael Owen’s had a big role,” “We’ve spoken frequently about maintaining a spirit at the training ground. The senior players become very important to that. Michael is the captain and a very big player for us but it’s not just him, there’s Shay Given, Nicky Butt, Geremi, Steven Harper. They become more important in a situation like this.”

“The mood has been good. The players realize it’s a difficult time and they can’t affect anything that’s gone on or will go on outside of the training ground. I think they’re conscious of that and the fact they need to keep together as a group and make sure the spirit is as good as it can be.”

“All you can do is work with them as a group,” “Individual players will have their different thoughts and ideas on what should happen and could happen. That you can’t affect. You can only affect them as a group of lads and try to create an atmosphere at the training ground which is good.”

Chris Hughton is of course anxious to ensure his players do not use problems off the field as an excuse for performances on it. The performance last week certainly seemed affected by off the field actions.

“That’s one thing we are stressing, it could be the easy option if things are not going well,” “But what we have is a group of professionals. This is a situation you might see in any other industry and the end product has to be the same: you have a group of professionals who have to get on, apply their trade and turn up every day prepared to work and be part of that group.”

“That’s the only thing the players can do.” “One thing they do know is they can’t affect anything that’s going to happen. The easy thing would be to say it had some bearing on the result but the fact is we had a very good team on the park that day (against Hull) and whatever team plays at West Ham will also be a very good team.”

We heard the same last week and the lads didn’t produce, but they have now had a good week to get their heads together and today’s the day they have to show their professionalism and get the job done at West Ham.  While a win may be asking too much, a draw would be a good result for the lads.

We really hope they can go out there and get a result today, and of course the Newcastle fans will again be at Upton Park in large numbers.

Howay The Lads!



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12 comments so far

  • toon head

    Sep 20, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #1

    i think we will lose 2-1 today 🙁

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  • Eamonn

    Sep 20, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Chris Hughton is a total professional but Ashley’s really dumped him in it. Hopefully he can motivate the lads & get a few results. Otherwise we are going to be in the Relegation mire before Christmas.

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  • beessi-kosovo

    Sep 20, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #3

    in the end we will win 3-1 i played at http://www.matchoftheweek.com and i am optimist fot thar result

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  • Shola Ameobi

    Sep 20, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Eeh lads, just think, a month ago wed had a good win against manure, king kev had the confidence through the roof and we where hoping to sneak a uefa cup spot.

    Now weve got a full teams worth of injuries, no manager and could be in the bottom three come christmas unless things change soon 🙁

    Hope that lads really stick it to zola and his toon rejects today, show him whats what for trying to tell us where being to harsh on his arse lover dennis wise.

    ‘Mon the lads.

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  • Alex

    Sep 20, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    We need a full time manager to be appointed quickly . If this situation carries on for another month then i fear we will be in free fall , with the January transfer period then approaching other clubs will snap up our best players . There is enough Quality in the squad to ensure mid table at least , but they need a strong manager to lead them otherwise this season will be a total disaster . Unfortunately Hughton is not the man to stop the free fall . He has already said that he has no interest in the job full time . We are going down like the Titanic unless things change very quickly . Lets just hope today there will be less pressure on the players with it being an away game and the lads play with there minds on the game.

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  • Luke

    Sep 20, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Why does he dress himself like he’s about to take to the field.

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  • ToonEskimo

    Sep 20, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Nahhh….he needs shin pads…

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  • Don

    Sep 20, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Its not his motivational skills that worry me its his tactical, last weeks selection was a joke

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  • kenny g

    Sep 20, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #9

    because he’s a coach Luke, not a manager

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  • Obafan

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10

    I think Hughton does whatever he can. It is really hard to get a go at him. Thank God he wanted to take the step to manage ‘temporarly’, because I can’t see much of people wanting to do that in such a circus.

    I support Hughton for 500%!!! And like Hughton said himself, we need a manger ASAP!

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  • Thump

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #11

    I feel sorry for Hughton. His job is insanely hard right now and I think he does actually care a lot for what happens to the team and the results they pour out.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #12

    He will do the best he can. Thats all you can say. He aint exactly got anyone else to do the job and a manager isnt exactly sitting in a chair with DW and DL waiting to be introduced.

    MO and Given will do there bit and rightly so as senior members

    Hope Oba plays today.

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