Chris Hughton will get the chance to see Newcastle to safety this season, along with coach Colin Calderwood.
Chris Hughton – will work with Colin Calderwood on run-in to season
But the players must do their part in the run-in and especially the experienced players who will need to show some leadership both on and off the pitch, while Joe is recuperating from his heart bypass surgery.
It sounds like Chris is looking to those players to help him get Newcastle up the table in the next few games.
Chris talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“Oba Martins, Alan Smith and Mark Viduka will all be fit to make an impact in the run-in and that is a good boost for us. It is very important to have them back in the frame.”
“The group of lads that we’ve got, they’ll look around at them and see senior, quality and experienced players with them. Even if they are not quite up to full fitness, the lift they give the rest of the lads is obvious.”
“It’s immensely beneficial to us, they could be very important for us in the coming weeks. As regards their progress, Oba will have had some training under his belt by the time of the next match.”
“Caçapa is now further along the line, Alan Smith has played in two reserve games and will play in the next one. Among the minuses there are plenty of pluses.”
“What you do as a coach, you look at yourself and one area of your pride that does take a knock is when you lose games.”
“Even though I knew it was going to be a difficult period there was still that hurt inside. What I would like to have done is go through that period and have won at least a couple of games from it. They are normal emotions.”
“Seeing someone else come in, of course it is normal to feel them kind of emotions, but you look at it practically. It’s about the club – moving forward, making the right kind of decisions and they decided that bringing Joe in was the right decision.”
“We go into the games with confidence. You can gain something from the West Brom game, which was a good performance.”
Next up is of course Everton next Sunday at 4:00pm. And Everton will be without Tim Cahill and Tony Hibbert for that game, as both picked up their 5th yellow cards in the 3-1 win against Aston Villa yesterday.
So that’s some good news for Newcastle, and the aim has to be all 3 points and a good performance from the lads, although the most important thing is the win.