Players Can Help Raise Newcastle Fans’ Spirits Tomorrow

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 460

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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • pondering

    Aug 7, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1


  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Im waiting for the “need the fans to back the lads” article in the chronicle!!

    Other way round I think – another sell out away match and I guarantee we wont be quiet!

    Just cause we spanked them last match – doesnt mean we will again.

    We need a gutsy hell for leather and tongs performance – will we get it – well its for the nation and world to see at 1730pm tomorrow

    Howay the lads

  • premier

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #3

    only spirits most of that lot will be raising will come out of a bottle


    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #4

    I’ll be there in my living room come sat 5.30 – toon shirt on, 8-pack of some cheap ass lager. Saturday is gonna be a long day. I can see westbrom being too strong for us unfortuanly.

  • ginkoh

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Prove your words tomorrow Chris. Less talk more action please.

  • magforlife

    Aug 7, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #6

    I have no faith whatsover in Hughton

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Action not empty words Mr Houghton…you should know the drill now.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #8

    I think you’ve got your headline the wrong way ’round there Ed.

    ….btw, well pondered, ‘pondering’ @1 – although I might’ve added an extra ‘m’ to indicate a more full-bodied cogitation. Having said that, each to his/her own ponderings.

  • Whumpie

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Let’s face it – if we can get 3 points tomorrow it will mean a lot. This is one of the top contenders for promotion, and if we can beat them away it will certainly prove a point.

  • Rodzilla

    Aug 7, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #10

    They have Morrison out which is a bonus for us.

    When I look at both these teams, we are very similar in level yet completely different in make-up.

    What I mean is, if they had OUR squad last season coupled with THEIR spirit and determination – they’d have stayed up.

    I think the same would’ve applied the other way ’round – if we had their battling qualities we’d have stayed up.

    It couldn’t have been a more difficult first game though, so I’d be moderately appeased with a point.


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