If ever the players could raise the spirits of the Newcastle United fans, it’s tomorrow in our first game in the Championship season.
Chris Hughton – looking for a win tomorrow
Since we beat WBA twice last season in the Premier League we would hope that Newcastle players will be buoyed by the memory of those victories. After all we only won 7 games in total last season.
It turns out that 8 of the starters from February’s fantastic 3-2 win are set to play tomorrow at the Hawthorns, and both sides are fancied in the betting for promotion this coming season.
The Newcastle stand-in manager Chris Hughton is hoping that will give his side a psychological edge going into Saturday’s tea-time showdown (5:30 pm kick off time).
Chris told nufcTV today:
“I think the memory of a win will always give you something,”
“There will be a confidence among the lads that we’ve been there fairly recently and got three points.” “But the other side is that they will want to put right that result.”
“We know it will be extremely difficult away from home against a good side.” “But they will be thinking the same about ourselves.”
“We have got a lot of quality players here who want to be playing Premier League football, and the only way to make sure of that is by winning games and getting back up at the first time of asking.”
A win is exactly what the fans need, given the very depressing news that Mike Ashley is likely to take the club off the market for a second time.
We have no idea who the new manager will be, but if Mike wants to gain the support of the Newcastle fan base, which he’s completely lost with his antics over the summer, then he can still appoint Alan Shearer, even though that will be opening him up for even more ridicule.
The question will be – why didn’t Mike appoint him 10 weeks ago, and then we would have been ready for the Championship season, which we’re not right now, with a squad we simply cannot afford next season.
That may be just one step too far for Mike to make right now, even though some of his decisions are wild and unexpected – to say the least.
Watch out for a mad rush now, as the club tries to unload some of our high wage earners with players like Coloccini, Gutierrez, Geremi, Smith, Barton, Enrique and Xisco possibly leaving, among others.
Then there will be players like Nicky Butt who will probably want to get out of the Ashley mad-house before it’s too late.
What a complete and utter mess Mike has created at the Newcastle club over the summer.