Chris Hughton is well aware that the next 10 league games will be do or die for Newcastle United, as the Tyneside club tries to stave off relegation for the 3rd season in a row.
Newcastle’s coaching staff for the next 3 games – Chris and Colin
But we have to say we were surprised at the ability of Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood to get the players fired up for the Manchester United game, as the first 20 minutes was amazing as the Newcastle players seemed possessed.
We need a lot more of that “possession” against the weaker clubs, since we are going to have to find about 5 wins from somewhere, in our final 10 games before the end of this season, to survive this time around.
So it was pleasing that Chris proved he can indeed inspire the players before a game, although we suspect that behind the scenes, Joe Kinnear was a little more involved, over the telephone, than his doctor would have liked, but we’ll keep quiet about that.
Chris talked about the relegation battle ahead of Newcastle:
“It leaves us in a fight at the wrong end of the table, and it’s going to be a fight that’s going to take us right through to the last weeks of the season.”
“But on the back of a very disappointing result last week [at Bolton], our main object was to be able to bounce back.”
“We could have bounced back in two ways: one, by getting a result, which was always going to be very difficult against a Manchester United team in such good form and with such choices; but the one thing we wanted to do was put on a spirited enough performance.”
“It was a very disappointed changing room. It was a changing room that put on a spirited enough performance to get something from the game, and everybody who saw the game would admit that.”
This is a great time for Newcastle players to stand up and be counted, because at the end of the day if we can survive this season, surely the powers to be at the club – Mike Ashley – will ensure we have a much much bigger and better squad for next season.
If Mike is indeed as passionate about Newcastle as he says he is, this relegation battle should be scaring the pants off him, just as it is most of the other Newcastle fans right now.
The next step up for Newcastle is not to be involved in a relegation fight next season – that’s how much we’ve descended since the great Bobby Robson left the club on 30th August of 2004.
And just like at other tough times in life, the brave ones stand up and fight, and do better than they ever thought possible. That’s what we need from our overpaid squad in the last 10 games, of what had been a disastrous season for Newcastle United’s ever faithful fans.
A really huge game for Newcastle is a week tomorrow at Hull City, and if we cannot win that one, more gloom and doom will descend on Tyneside, that’s almost a certainty.
So we need a win there, which will be only our second win (if we get it) in the last 11 league games, which is why we are in the mess we are, right now.