In the fantastic start Newcastle have made this season, with an initial draw at WBA, followed by 5 consecutive wins, coach Chris Hughton leaves no doubt in anybody’s mind, that it is the Newcastle players who deserve all the credit.
Chis Hughton – credit goes to the players alone
Newcastle of course are top of the Championship now with 4 wins in a row and 4 clean sheets ina row to boot, and are 2 points clear of the pack.
With that record, the lads have been solid in defense and surely the back four of Simpson, Taylor Coliccini and Enrique are the best in the league – certainly they are the best paid.
It seems that in pre-season Chris and Colin Calderwood have been very successful in convincing the playing squad that their job is on the field, and on the field only.
And any nonsense off it they should simply ignore.
All Newcastle supporters ever want to see from their team, is the guts and fight on the field, and a passionate commitment and determination to bring success to Newcastle – in fact everything that was missing last season.
Chris told the official web site today:
“Any plaudits must go to the players,” “They defend as a team and to go four league matches now without conceding is fantastic.”
“If you do that then the chances are you’re going to win games and that is what’s happened.”
The other way to look at this is that the players have already had 12 months experience of playing for an owner who knows nothing about the game of football and how to run a club. The players may be getting used to it.
And the club should learn that one of the things that just didn”t work last season was to keep switching managers, and therefore the playing styles of the team.
That makes it so hard to have a settled – and winning side. But that may be exactly what happens in the next few weeks if a new owner comes in.
But you can never accuse Newcastle of doing anything the easy way can you?
And if the players ever get complacent this season, and want to be reminded again of why the have to play with blood and guts in every single game, they only need go back to late May this year, when hundreds of club employees lost their jobs within the first week following our relegation.
And it was through no fault of their own. But life is never fair is it?
If the lads can continue their good form, along with the excellent results and get the club back to the Premier League next season, Newcastle can hire again and start building the club once again.
And maybe it will be the start of a resurgence at the Tyneside club – which is of course sorely needed.