Chris Hughton has talked today about the enormous pressure he’s under to lead Newcastle out of relegation trouble.
Chris Hughton – many sleepless nights
There’s going to be a lot of talk from the Newcastle management and players before the Chelsea game, but unfortunately talk will not save the club this season.
Action on the pitch is what will do it, and that has been missing too much this season, and that is why we are 3rd bottom of the league and in a perilous situation for such a big club that is supported so very well by the best fans in the land.
You will hear many football people saying Newcastle can go down (because we can), but in truth they will be sad to see one of the best supported Premier clubs end up in the Championship.
It’s hardly what our fans deserve – is it?
Hughton said today:
“Of course the situation concerns me, do I like it? Absolutely no.” “Does it give me sleepless nights?” “Yes, of course, that’s normal, because you don’t want to be in this position or see the club in this position.”
“I’m aware of the responsibility I have. I have to stay focused for this group of lads. I’m still confident that we have enough quality in that training ground to get us out of the position we’re in.” “I can understand the worries of the supporters.”
“There is a dressing room and club that don’t want to see Newcastle in the bottom three.” “But I don’t think the players are starting to fear the worst. They know the situation – we have to gain points from the last eight games.”
We’re sorry to have to say this but we don’t think Chris can get the job done while Joe is away – we’d love to be wrong about that, but we cannot see us getting anything out of the Chelsea game, and then hopefully Joe can start coming back. In fact we could put that in the past tense because he hasn’t got the job done, with 2 just points from 5 games in charge.
It’s the games against Stoke City, Tottenham, Portsmouth. Middlesbrough and Fulham that will decide the season. We really need four wins out of those five games to be safe, and the last three listed are all at home. That’s why the Stoke game is so important and a draw there will not be good enough.
And we want to be specific about our criticism of Chris, because we think he’s an excellent coach and a terrific guy doing the very best he can – but he’s not the lead man and is much better at backing up a manager.
There’s nothing wrong with that,but he’s like a duck out of water, and the club are suffering because of it. We even think what Sam Allardyce said last week was very close to the truth – that experienced managers can change games, and Newcastle don’t have one with Joe Kinnear out, and the club is taking a massive risk in the Premier League survival.
And also relying on Joe with his health so fragile is also more than a big risk, which is why we think Mike Ashley should bring some experienced person in to manage the side.
What do you think?
Comments very welcome.
Read Ed’s new report on the 3-1 home defeat against Arsenal last Saturday, in his News of The World Column.