Newcastle caretaker coach Chris Hughton feels his side are capable of mounting a promotion push this season, and 10 points out of the first 12 would suggest he’s right.
Chris Hughton – pleased with Newcastle’s progress
Newcastle, even with so much nonsense happening off the pitch with Mike Ashley and his antics to sell the club over the last 13 weeks, have not stopped the team making a bright start to the 2009- 2010 season, maybe one of the most important for many years on Tyneside.
A 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday took the team to 10 points for the season, and level with Middlesbrough and West Brom, the three teams relegated in May.
And with every win Hughton gets for the team, more Newcastle fans are coming to back him, and agree he’s done a great job with the team since July 1st, in horrendous circumstances created by the current incompetent and arrogant Newcastle owner.
But Hughton still feels Newcastle need further additions to the squad, if Newcastle are to remain among the Championship contenders:
“We are not far off. We have quality here,”
“The decision the club have to make is whether it is enough to compete if we pick up a few injuries – there will be a time when we are stretched.”
“I’m hoping we don’t lose any more players but that is something that will only be determined over the next week,”
“At this moment we are waiting for a decision to be made on whether the club is sold, or what will happen if the club is not sold.”
“I’m very happy to be in this position and very happy to do this job for as long as I am asked to.”
“It’s not about me putting down a marker for the job, it’s about winning games for this club and the players have responded.”
Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor got their first ever goals for the Tyneside club, to see off Palace earlier today.
Palace boss Neil Warnock agreed that his team were made to pay for their errors, but Neil being Neil said he though his team should have had a second half penalty.
“Smithy was all over Alassane and anywhere else on the pitch that’s a foul, but that ref (Andy D’Urso) has never given me much over the years,”
“We never really gave ourselves a chance. The goals were a disgrace at this level but you get punished by good players.”
Maybe Neil’s team were just beaten by a better side on the day, although that would never enter Warnock’s head of course.
Newcastle have now made the great start Newcastle fans were praying for over the summer, and next up is a vastly improved Leicester City side at St. James’ Park next Saturday.