Are we the only ones who look at Chris Hughton’s record in charge of Newcastle, and are less than convinced we will get many points until Joe Kinnear returns to manage the club?
Chris Hughton – just 2 points from 9 games in charge – not good enough
If we leave out the WBA game, which Joe Kinnear was handling the preparations right up to the morning when he took ill, then Chris has been in charge of the side for 9 games and has 7 losses and two draws.
And even if we give Chris the benefit of the doubt and give him the WBA win, then in 10 games he has 5 points, and 7 defeats. Not good, and unlikely to improve much after the games with Arsenal and Chelsea.
In fact to restore points to Newcastle we must beat wither Arsenal or Chelsea, and even draws will now not be good enough.
Ands Chris has admitted today that time is not now on Newcastle’s side in their bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
And with Arsenal next up for Newcastle, in a 5:30 pm kick-off on Saturday night, and Chelsea after that at St James’s Park, before away trips to Stoke City and Tottenham, Newcastle still have it all to do, and are hardly anywhere near safety right now.
After losing a terrific opportunity to get only our second win in the last 13 games, (we have one win in our last 13 games played – yes – ridiculous isn’t it), Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We know that in the nine games we’ve got left, we’ve got to win some of them.” “How many, I don’t know. We’ll only know that at the end of the season.”
“We’ve got to start winning and in those nine games there are some games that are very much winnable.” “The results have gone for us and on other weeks they haven’t.”
“We’ve had a poor week last time with Hull winning and Blackburn getting a good result in the week.” “But the pleasing thing is we’ve moved up one place.”
“Psychologically that is a bit of a lift. We know it’s going to be a tough run but we have to go on fighting.”
Newcastle at least have the comfort of their next two matches being at home.
But with Arsenal currently in terrific form, after smashing Blackburn 4-0, and also through to the quarter-finals of the European Champions League, Newcastle have to raise the bar against Arsenal big time. The sad thing is that we can do that, and still be beaten on Saturday.
Yet Hughton was optimistic, and added:
“I take you back to our home game against Manchester United.”
“We were able to put on a good performance that should have got something out of the game.”
“We now need similar performances against two top-quality teams.”
We need the lads to step up to the plate on Saturday night, and Newcastle need to beat Arsenal, because only a win will raise the mounting anxiety on Tyneside, and around the world with the huge Newcastle following.