Chris Hughton – These Are Challenging Times


Chris Hughton has talked today about the tough run of fixtures that lie ahead for Newcastle.

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Chris Hughton and Joe Kinnear – have worked well together

Hughton spoke to the Evening Chronicle today:

“These are challenging times, and at these times you have to be able to look at a group of lads and be confident that they will all perform well enough to get you were you want to be at the end of the season.”

“I’m confident that this group of lads can do that.” “These are games you want to be involved in.” “The bonus is that the bulk of these games are at home.”

Newcastle have done well since the three new boys have come to town, with 4 points form our last couple of games against Sunderland and WBA. Those were points we desperately needed, if only to prevent the other teams from getting those points from us, and getting a jump on us in the league.

We are now 5 points ahead of WBA, but if West Brom had won 9 days ago, they would be one point ahead of us, such are 6 pointers.

And the way the new lads have played, along with their positive attitudes, and the good words they had to say about the players already at the club, and they seem to have given the players and the fans a big lift, in the last couple of weeks.

Hughton continued:

“There’s a lot of football to be played, and it’s not just about us.”

“All we can do is look after our own results, but what you also need is help along the way. You always hope that the teams around you, and below you especially, don’t pick up the results they need.”

“Any team in that group around us will look at their fixtures between now and the end of the season and won’t see too many easy games – we aren’t any different.”

Chris had a miserable and lonely time of it when he first took over after Kevin Keegan left, but to be fair to him, the club and the players were still in upset over how Kevin left the club.

The club at that time was in complete disarray, and it affected the players’ performance on the field of play, unfortunately.

But Chris now has a chance, in calmer times, to show what he can do with the first team, and we really hope he can keep the good results coming, starting next Sunday afternoon against the Toffees.

Hungarian 18 year-old Tamas Kadar, who is one of our very top youngsters at the club, has now returned to Tyneside, after spending a few weeks back in Hungary with his family, after he broke his leg in a Reserve game against Sunderland.

He is to start some rehabilitation at the Newcastle training ground, in the hope that he will be fully fit before pre-season starts.

We are even looking for this lad to be pressing for a first team spot next season, as some of our best youngsters start to show what they can do for the first team.

Comments welcome.



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75 comments so far

  • jordi

    Feb 16, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Really?

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  • jordi

    Feb 16, 2009 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #2

    I thought everything was peachy.

    Glad Chris cleared that one up for me…

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  • TheDan

    Feb 16, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Sarcastic sod 🙂
    TO be honest I just don’t want these plans the NUSC have to protest before the game or should i say ‘rally’ to go ahead, what good will they do?
    Now Llambias has started talking, I think they should at least consider postponing?!

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Feb 16, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Happy for Eduardo from Arsenal, got a goal just now. Good to see him back from that horrendous injury.

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  • Doocey

    Feb 16, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Great to see Diaby playing up front 🙂

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 16, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Haris Vuckic scored for ressies tonight there currently 1-0 up at blackburn!

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  • Toonkistan

    Feb 16, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Come on Smudger…..Get a goal for reserve at the very least 😀

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 16, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #8

    ressies won 1-0!

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  • nufc1818

    Feb 16, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #9

    haris vuckic already making an impact!
    good to see dennis wise is good for something..

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  • batty

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #10

    ED your blog has gone dead

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Great stuff from the reserves,Smith couldn`t score then??
    He has got to get a goal soon you would think.

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  • batty

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #12

    we need to get a manager in asap

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  • Tony

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #13

    who do you think

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  • batty

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #14

    tony i dont know who would come m8 and on the other hand i dont think ashley will get any one soon think he will stick with calderwood

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  • batty

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #15

    has any one heard that sick joke about jade goody yet

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  • Tony

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #16

    get the feeling bruce would come but cant see wigan letting him go before end of season

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  • Tony

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #17

    is it any good

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  • batty

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #18

    no nor me pluss dont think whelon likes ashley the mans got sense

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  • Dragonera

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Danish

    I second that. Eduardo is the most clinical finisher in the prem and he thoroughly deserved his goals tonight.

    Vukcic already deciding games eh, fantastic.

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  • batty

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #20

    no its sick m8

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  • Tony

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #21

    no youre right whelan cant stand him

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  • Tony

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #22

    is it funny though

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  • DJG

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Get in, wonder if Vuckic will be like Rooney and be playing in the prem at 16. I hope so.

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  • batty

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #24

    dont know why people are worrying aboot everton i think we will beat them and i think we will get sumit of man u cos they are due to drop pionts

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  • batty

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #25

    tony i didnt laugh it just made me think aboot her poor kids

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  • batty

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #26

    i can see us getting 7 or8 points out ov our next 4 games

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  • Tony

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #27

    ok mate.youre feeling confident arent you

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  • batty

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #28

    yep and am normally rite just got a feeling m8

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  • batty

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #29

    whens barton back

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  • Tony

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #30

    think hes out for another 8 weeks.i was sick when he got injured but least it forced them to buy nolan think them two could do a good job in the center of the park.anything to stop butt from playing cant really understand why he was offered a new contract

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  • Dan4Toon

    Feb 17, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #31

    I really hope Vuckic does really well, a mean llambias personally said they were excited by him, only worry, say he plays like half and hour for 1st team and does well, they will be so much hype for him and he will be getting linked with every big team going, plus hes only on 3 half years, why not sign him for 6/7 year if they had such high hopes, a mean hes going to run out of contract when hes 19 and just coming good probably 🙁

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  • DJG

    Feb 17, 2009 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #32

    On Wikipedia and everywhere else he is called Haris Vu?ki? . Funny that NUFC’s official website is spelling it Haris Vukcic. They really are rubbish arnt they.

    Obviously I havent seen this lad play and I doubt anyone on here has either. I wonder if he is any good. To come on from the bench and score on your debut is no bad thing. We could have picked up a real bargain in 5 years if he turns out to be a class player. Maby he could teach the 28 year old Alan Smith how to score a goal at reserve level. 🙂

    Of course some of these young players will turn out to be Huntingtons ect. I read that Peter Ramage is on stinking form at QPR. Really the club should have been doing this for years and it is someting teams like Man City, Villa and the Arse are allready benefiting from. I don’t think anyone is doing it quite as well as us at the moment tho. Although im probably just deluded.

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  • DJG

    Feb 17, 2009 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #33

    On Wikipedia and everywhere else he is called Haris Vuckic.

    Sorry left the accents in.

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 17, 2009 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #34

    we are going down unless we get a real manager in NOW.

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  • prentice

    Feb 17, 2009 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #35

    haris vuckic for manager

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  • Partizan

    Feb 17, 2009 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #36

    —————————-Harper———————–
    Taylor——Coloccini——-Bassong——-Enrique
    —————————Butt—————————-
    ——–R.Taylor————————-Jonas———
    —————–Nolan———Lovekrands————
    ————————-Martins————————–

    Subs// Krul,Smith,Cacapa,Lua Lua,Xisco,Edgar,Geremi.

    I left the donkeys Ameobi and Viduka at home to watch the game on TV 😉

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  • Partizan

    Feb 17, 2009 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #37

    Duff instead Cacapa

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 17, 2009 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #38

    Ohhhhh no.

    Que the calls for Vuckic to play in the first team!

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  • Partizan

    Feb 17, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #39

    Vuckic is quite tall for a a 16 year old + AM

    By the time he reaches 19 he’ll probably be over 6.4 feet……being that tall and playing as a AM wont be such a great idea.
    I hope they switch him to CF or DM before its too late.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 17, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #40

    Partizan,

    Xisco will probably be out on Sunday as he is still suffering from a toe injury.

    Ameobi would not be at home either he would be Florita’s (formerly the Appartment) on Collingwood Street ! lol seen him in there a few times ! 😉

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