Chris Hughton has come out today and said something Newcastle fans have known for quite a while.
Chris Hughton – has big job to play at Newcastle
And that’s the Newcastle side hardly ever reproduces the form they showed against Manchester United last week.
And against teams of much lesser ability, we’re often nowhere near the way we can play, and that’s just one reason we are in the mess we ar right now, with just 10 league games to go..
Chris said today:
“There has been criticism that the level of performance against Man United hasn’t been reproduced more often, and that’s fair comment.”
“If our levels of performance had been matched on more occasions, we wouldn’t be in the position we are. But the fact is it hasn’t been matched and consequently that is why we are where we are.”
“I was conscious of that on the night and afterwards. Sometimes it is a very difficult emotion when you finish a game against Man United and you are fighting with the disappointment because you haven’t got any points.”
“There was certainly a feel-good factor at the game, but we have to reach those levels again and keep doing that for the next 10 games. Our success in doing that is what will keep us in this division.”
Hughton is expected to remain in charge of the team on a match day even when sick manager, Joe Kinnear, is fit enough to return to the training ground next month.
It’s obvious from various comments that Joe will not be able to just come back and go on as though nothing had ever happened, so whether they like it or not, Chris and Colin Calderwood will continue to play a big role in the Newcastle run-in to the season.
We just hope they can get the best out of the squad, and we’ll know a little better about that tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 pm.
But nothing but a win will make the Newcastle fans haappy and more comfortable that Newcastle can indeed avoid the drop this season.