Sky Sports has come out today and said that Newcastle have no plans to appoint El Tel as interim manager at Newcastle. And we’ve just looked up the home form of Stoke City, who Newcastle meet after the Chelsea game, and it’s surprisingly decent.
Chris Hughton – will take positives out of Arsenal defeat
But that of course wasn’t the news this morning – the news was that Newcastle players wanted the club to appoint Terry Venables as manager, and we were told last week that Newcastle didn’t have any plans to do that.
Whether that will now change, with Newcastle players seeming to lose confidence in the match day capabilities of Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood, we’ll just need to wait and see, but things are becoming a little desperate right now.
But Chris, who seems a lot more comfortable playing a back-up role at the club, is getting about the business of preparing the lads for the Chelsea game.
Let’s be clear that a win against Chelsea could re-ignite Newcastle United, but we just don’t see that happening – although we’d just love it – love it!
Chris Hughton is a positive guy and he talked about the positives coming out of the Arsenal game:.
“There were lots of positives, albeit it from the opening hour,” “But that is the sort of form and spirit we have to take into the eight remaining games.”
“It’s going to be about a spirited group of players and it’s going to have to be about a determined group of players that will see us through this.”
“We are at the danger end of things. But we have to clear the Arsenal game this week and then work on a game plan for Chelsea.”
“We must approach the game the same as we did Arsenal but hopefully with a different result.”
Of course last Saturday it wasn’t Chris’s fault that Oba missed the penalty which could have changed the game for Newcastle, not to mention the result.
We have to hope that the lads can get some kind of break-through at the Chelsea game, and then somehow get a win at Stoke City.
However, Stoke’s home form is surprisingly good, with only 3 defeats in 15 games, and Newcastle’s away form is awful, with only 2 wins from our 15 away games. In fact, Stoke have gained 28 of their 32 points at home.
When you look at it that way, a Newcastle win at Stoke doesn’t look too likely, does it?