3rd Bottom Will Focus The Mind Of Players – Hughton

Chris Hughton believes there will be a new sense of urgency after the international break, because of Newcastle’s low league position, 3rd bottom right now, but why hasn’t there been urgency over the last several weeks?


Chris Hughton – 3rd bottom will focus the mind

Newcastle fans have been sweating bricks over the last few weeks, as we have just a single win in the last 14 games (is that our worst run ever?), so there hasn’t been that urgency at the club with the players?

Chris Hughton said today:

“I think that there’s always a different feel when you’re in that bottom three – that is the defining line,”

“We’ve known for a while this will be a tough end to the season – certainly if we didn’t get results. But I think it’s right to say that it does focus your mind.”

“I think for those that didn’t realize it’s going to be a tough end to the season, they certainly realize now.”

That’s an odd last line because we are only in the position we’re in right now, because we have taken just 2 points from our last 5 league games.

If we had taken even 7 points from those games we’d be 12th right now, so it’s only because we’ve done so bad with Chris in charge, that we now know it will be really tough through the end of the season.

There are still enough games for us to recover, but we’ll need to put a winning streak together to get out of the big trouble we are in, and draws will not do it.

If we go on an unbeaten streak and draw every game through the end of the season, we’ll end up with 38 points, and likely be relegated.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • hitman

    Mar 25, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    should the players minds not be focused from the first game till the last.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 25, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #2

    i reckon you will get a further 4 points and be relegated.

  • JoshNufc91

    Mar 25, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #3

    who do you support?

  • Spitfire

    Mar 25, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Jeez is it only starting to sink in now ? What planet have they been on since October last year?

  • Spitfire

    Mar 25, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5

    If that’s the intelligence of the players we have you can now officially abandon all hope.

  • Spartan

    Mar 25, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #6

    The manager should have been drumming it into them if he thought it wasn’t perfectly clear to the platers that we’re in trouble. The fans and the media have been on about it long enough, how come the players don’t understand – or do they not care?

  • Ericles

    Mar 25, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #7

    History seems to repeat itself. Our last 10 games speak for themselves. In 1978 we failed to get a win in 10 games. That season we were relegated. But funny things can happen on the way to St James Park – this time we won’t. Got a funny feeling about it in my water (I mean Exhibition).

  • hitman

    Mar 25, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    ericles,same as season 88/89,with 8 games left we lost 6 drew 2,and got sent down..


    Mar 25, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #9

    were down, i’m so convinced by it, i’m betting on it

    i hope to god i lose my dollar but i’ve got to get something out of our demise, even if it is only monetary, i shall (selfishly, yet marginally) feel a little better

    the last two performances have shown sparks that could ignite the final push for survival, but i fear were asking too much of a team, and by team i mean players and manager/coaches, the whole set up.

    the beast that is newcastle united needed some TLC, needed to add to its numbers, needed to be protected, consolidated, and instead it had its feet tied together and pushed onto the field of play. MA provided the rope, KK and others tied the knot and the players/managers/and our current mentality has tightened the bonds.

    this is a sad day, for today, all my hope has forsaken me

  • nufcindia

    Mar 25, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #10

    i felt after the bolton defeat that even if are going to stay in the premeir league, it is only going to be by pure luck.i am not blaming the players here. i can see most of our players having better games if they play for other clubs.
    i am blaming the manager and his managing team because the way the team played provided no hope.then came the manchester game and i thought wow the manager knows how to make the team play. Then i was praying that the manager will make them play against hull in a similar manner.Then they proved again that they r blind. they dont even have the common sense to attack hull city. then came arsenal and we played well again. Now i think i have to say two things we could have got 6 points against bolton and hull. but we got only 1.one could see these 2 teams breaking into pieces if we had attacked them. and we have good players to attack but manager has to defend
    one alarming thing to see agianst arsenal was that after we conceded a goal there was only one team in the game even though we scored a goal. we were the team who had to attack and ther was nothing heads dropped and we stopped playing. it shows there is some big problem at the club

  • Rem

    Mar 25, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #11


    Joe Kinnear wouldnt have done any better. Was Chris not in charage when we did great against man utd?

    Its the players playing crap, and fans turning on people.

    Its cause we have no experienced back up to fill positions that players are out ov position. If taylor and bassong hadnt been injured against arsenal we could have won! it wasnt his doings

  • Macas35

    Mar 25, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Can we stop analysing every breath that Chris Hughton takes please, it’s becoming boring.

  • jimiley

    Mar 25, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Quite right. We should give Chris more time to prove himself. 10 games is not enough. Mind you it is worrying that he has only got 2 points out of 30. We need to be patient and judge the manager at the end of the season. I am sure he will turn things around after the Chelsea game. We will lose but I am expecting great things from Chris after that. I reckon he can get us a couple of wins. 36 points will see us safe. Then all the Hughton bashers will be hanging their heads in shame. He could become our full time manager because I cannot see JK returning. JK taking ill could be a blessing in disguise. Onwards and upwards. Keep the faith in Chris and Mike A.

  • workyticket

    Mar 25, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Fifty lashes from a bull’s pizzle after every defeat would be more effective.

  • hitman

    Mar 25, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #15

    jimiley,you have changed ya tune since yesterday.

  • workyticket

    Mar 25, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #16

    hitman // Mar 25, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    “jimiley,you have changed ya tune since yesterday.”

    He likes to dabble with sarcasm every now and then hitman. 🙂

  • jimiley

    Mar 25, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m just waiting to see how many people agree before I post again. I might change my mind if you know what I mean.

  • hitman

    Mar 25, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #18

    got ya.lol

  • UTD111

    Mar 25, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #19

    Dunno why anyone would blame Chris Hughton….he didnt come here as a manager, he came as a coach and has been thrust into something he’s not up to.
    There’s only one person to blame for this mess and thats the man who owns everything, has all the power knows nothing about running a football club and has made bad decision after bad decision.
    He should have stuck to selling T-shirts.

  • batty

    Mar 25, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #20

    down with mike ashley were going down with mike ashley down with mike ashley

  • komfort

    Mar 25, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #21

    from now on jimiley will be logging in as smiley..happy days.

  • scrotty

    Mar 25, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #22

    That is the most sackless comment I’ve ever heard from Newcastle managment.

    A new sense of urgency is needed by the Newcastle board with regards to a new manager.

  • Macas35

    Mar 25, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #23

    jimiley – I’m not saying he’s a good manager, but as he is in charge he is supposed to speak to the media regularly, and I just find it annoying that his every word gets over analysed. All he said was that we are in the bottom 3 and the players need to realise the mess we’re in. Hardly controversial.

  • bill

    Mar 25, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #24

    I haven’t posted on here for a while because I got sick of reading cr*p.

    I told you when JFK took over that we were going to be relegated and maybe you will now believe me.

    Until MA and his cronies get out of SJP we are only going one way, and that is down. All of his decisions have been disastrous, and bringing in JFK was probably one of his worst. We needed a real manager with recent experience to get us on the straight and narrow.

    Remember when KK left we had drawn at ManU, won against Bolton and lost at Arsenal. We were not in a hole at that time results wise but we were in a hole squad wise. We have known for years that the squad was too small, so what does MA do.? Not a lot.

    Forget all the rubbish about debt, ManU owe about £700 million and are they worried?

    As I said months ago, when you buy a house you get a mortgage and pay it off gradually, but if the house isn’t fit to live in, then what’s the point, if you get my drift.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #25


  • clinta

    Mar 26, 2009 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #26

    come on ed, stop using Chris as a scapegoat!

    Do you really think we’d be doing that much better under your beloved JK? You were one of the main ‘let’s keep going how we are/ jk/ stability’ players and look were thats got us!?

    From day one under JK i’ve been saying he’s not good enough, and if he comes back he won’t be. We were shite before Hughton took over too remember, and the best game we’ve played for a long time v the mancs was under his guidence.

    New manager now or at least at the start of next season. JK isn’t good enough to get us back up to the PL, and if we do survive he isn’t good enough to get us stable.

    the one thing your always harping on about! the only stability would be a stable decline into oblivion.


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