Chris Hughton has had to put up with new speculation and rumors every day since he started pre-season training with Colin Calderwood on July 1st.
Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood – good job by these two
Chris talked about the stories and how pleased he was with striker Shola Ameobi against Reading:
“There’s different stories each day regarding the club, players and players who’ve left the club.”
“The players here at the moment are doubly determined to ensure we have a good team spirit and they’ve been excellent in doing that and that’s something we must explain.”
“I was delighted with the performance, the win and the quality shown by Shola Ameobi.”
“There’s no doubt he’s a good player and he showed his quality against Birmingham. It’s well documented that his form has been up and down here at times and, of course, he’s had some injury problems.”
“But there’s no doubt about his quality. We’re getting used to every day somebody being mentioned (leaving) in the Press but there’s been no interest in him that I know of.”
” There’s no doubt that he had a big (hip) operation and an unusual one in footballing terms that hindered his progress.” “But I can only speak for the period of time I’ve been here.”
“We’ve experienced a team that didn’t do well enough to stay in the Premier League and Shola falls into that category the same as everybody else. His form was up and down last season.”
But Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood have done a good job this summer, and the lads now have 4 points from our first 2 games.
Another 3 points is what we need at St. James’ Park this Wednesday against Sheffield Wednesday, and we need to maintain the momentum, given all the nonsense that’s still going on at the club.
It’s all surrounding Mike Ashley, who of course is trying to sell the club for a second time. You wouldn’t have thought it was so hard to sell a football club, would you – and a famous one at that.
Let’s hope he’s successful this time, because it will be hard to take another year of this owner, who ignores both fans and players alike.
By Wednesday, we may even know who the owner and manager will be for the season.
And let’s hope Shola keeps up his good form on Wednesday night, and we get those needed 3 points.