Caretaker boss Chris Hughton has warned the Newcastle players that they cannot afford to get carried away by their good start to the Championship season.
Chris Hughton – players need to keep feet firmly on the floor
With all kinds of trouble going on off the field, the Newcastle players have done well to take 4 points from their first 2 games, but this type of form and results will need to be maintained if we are to be promoted at our first attempt.
And while Hughton is pleased with the start, he feels the players and supporters should not think that life in the Championship will be easier than first thought.
Newcastle will get a good game from Sheffield Wednesday tonight and Hughton believes it will provide a big test for the Newcastle side:
“I do believe that this squad is capable of preparing right and having a good Championship season,”
“But we know that we will be tested and we can’t underestimate how difficult this league is.”
“We can go about our business in the correct way but we should not be under any illusions – this is going to be a very, very tough season.”
“It has not surprised me that we have started well but we’re only two games into the season and we’ve got to remember that.”
“We have gained confidence from those first two games but there is a long way to go yet. The most important thing for us as staff – and for the players themselves – is to keep ourselves in the best possible position to get back into the Premier League.”
With doubts over the fitness of Joey Barton, Hughton has added young Danny Guthrie to the squad for tonight’s clash with the Owls, and Danny may see some action tonight.
We also have to compliment Chris for his common sense and positive approach during the early part of the season, where he has managed to keep the lads together, and is getting some fight and spirit out of them, which we didn’t see too much of last season.
He has also never complained about anything, which would have been so easy to do, given the terrible circumstances created by Mike Ashley this summer.
Compliments to his assistant Coling Calderwood too – they’ve both done a remarkable job for the Newcastle club.