Manchester United visit St James’ Park on Wednesday evening, and the World Club Champions will be followed shortly after that by both Chelsea and Arsenal, also at home.
Chris Hughton and Joe Kinnear
These are the some of the next few games Newcastle will be faced with after gaining just one point in a home game against a weakened Everton side, and an away game at Bolton yesterday.
Many would have expected Newcastle to pick up 6 points in those two games, but because we didn’t, we must now ensure we get some points against the three powerhouse teams to visit St. James’ Park next.
If we don’t we’ll be in serious trouble of being relegated, that’s for sure.
Hughton talked today of playing Manchester United on Wednesday night:
“If you asked me if I would rather not play them, that goes without saying. But this is what we are faced with.”
“On the other hand, these are the type of games as a player you must surely look forward to.”
“It was a bitter blow to lose to Bolton, but all we can do is pick ourselves up and focus on Manchester United.”
“We know there are a lot of teams in a similar situation to us – but all we can do is concentrate on our own game.”
Hughton is hoping Nicky Butt and Damien Duff will both be fit for the Wednesday game, with Nicky having to leave the game yesterday with a knee problem , and Duff not even being able to make the bench, necasue of a calf injury.
And there must be questions surrounding Chris Hughton, and whether he is up to the job having now gained just one point from the last two games, after previously losing all 5 games at the beginning of the season, before Joe Kinnear was drafted in.
There’s not much the club can do before Wednesday’s game, but if the team loses to Manchester United, look for a new temporary manager in charge for the Hull City game a week on Saturday.