Chris Hughton is currently Newcastle’s interim manager for the third time in 12 months.
Chris Hughton – 4 wins in 5 games this season
And it is almost exactly a year since he took over from Kevin Keegan, after the manager walked out after just 3 league games of the season, on 4th September last year.
Before the start of this season Chris, aided by Colin Calderwood since January, had won only one game of the 10 he had been in charge of.
And that was the 3-2 win at WBA last February, after Joe Kinnear had taken ill early that morning with his heart problems.
But he has motivated the Newcastle players, after least seasons’ nightmares both on and off the pitch, under the chaos that Mike Ashley has brought to the club, and is on a run of four wins and a draw this time around.
“The work you do with the players is no different, the fact that you still enjoy coming into training every day is no different.”
“What is different is the results and there isn’t anybody involved in this game that is not affected by results.”
“Certainly there is a little bit more spring in everybody’s step when results are going quite well.”
The former Tottenham defender and coach has been in an uncomfortable position all season, and even when he started taking the pre-season back on July 1st there were always rumors there could be a new owner by the end of the week, and nothing has changed.
We are now being told an American consortium is making significant progress in trying to buy the club form Ashley, who is hardly the most popular figure on Tyneside, but if that will turn out to be an actual sale is anybody’s guess.
“This has been a longer period than other times when I have taken the caretaker role because a manager had gone and it was very much short-term.”
“But this has lasted longer, and the issue of the club’s ownership has probably overtaken everything.” “There’s no doubt the quicker it’s resolved, the better for everybody.”
Leicester City, now managed by former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson, were promoted last year and have made a decent start this season, also being unbeaten in their first 4 games.
City will go joint top with WBA, if they can topple the Magpies tonight at St. James’ Park. And certainly Leicester should provide tough opposition tonight, in front of a crowd expected to be around 46,000, which would be more than Liverpool’s last home league game at Anfield.
And this is the Championship?
The Foxes midfielder Richie Wellens said:
“At the end of the day, they are a Championship side like we are.”
“We are playing Newcastle the players, not Newcastle the football club.”
It would be fitting if Newcastle can serve up one of their best displays tonight, in honor of the fabulous support they’ve received from Newcastle’s fans sibnce relegation last May.
If they can do that, and win the game there will be lots of happy faces on Tynesdie tomorrow.
And if Ashley then announces he has sold the club – all; the good news will be hard to take, we’
The Newcastle faithful have had so little of that since this man bought the club just over two years, and has proceeded to demonstrate to everybody, that he and his right hand man, Derek LLambias (a former Casino manager no less), haven’t got a clue about how to run a football club.
And we all wish they would stop – becasue everybody is now convinced of that.