Chris Hughton has only been at Newcastle since February of last year, but he’s gone through some stuff at the club, and it seems he’s been here about five years.
Colin and Chris in training last week
Chris talked a little about the last year at the club – which has probably been one of the biggest soap operas in English football – for a long long time.
“It’s been some year, hasn’t it?”
“During pre-season we weren’t sure which players would come and go, but it was only this group of lads that could do something about it.”
“There were enough players who realised they were still going to be here and had to fight for the cause. We’ve had a lot of leaders – not necessarily by age – but the consistent players in the team – have very much come to the fore.”
“If you look at all the emotions, the ups and the downs, the good and the bad, it’s certainly been a big experience,” “I certainly feel as though I’m better for it. The more you have to deal with, you do get mentally stronger.”
“But we’re still in the position where they’re trying to sell the club and there could be an announcement at any stage. I’m still managing this group of lads until told different.”
That’s basically what Chris has said ever since he was appointed interim manager on July 1st, and there’s not much more he can say, quite honestly.
We cannot let the club sale, should it ever actually happen this season, get in the way of team performance and player morale, as it seemed to last year, and all credit to the lads this season for getting the job done, at least so far.
Long may it continue.