Chris Hughton seems to be enjoying his boys being the leaders of the Championship, just like the rest of us among the many thousands of Newcastle daft fans who are spread around the world.
Chris Hughton – on receiving his CCC Manager Of The Month Award
How many more can he get this season? Lots we hope
Gentleman Chris, who will soon be in danger of becoming a folk-hero on Tyneside, if he’s not careful, told Newcastle United TV today:
“We’re delighted to be back top after what was a very tough game at Cardiff,” “Playing a day later means you can have an aim or a target and we were able to get the win to go top.”
“We could have to do the same on Wednesday and we’ve now switched our thoughts to that game.” “We’ve got a great result at Cardiff but going to Blackpool is another big test.”
“They’ve got a new manager and some good players and again we know we’ll be a scalp for them.” “That’s why we have to make sure our application is exactly the same again and look to get a result.”
One thing (and there are others) we are starting to really like about Chris (and Colin Calderwood) is their ability to keep the lads focused completely on winning each game, and not get carried away with their early success.
That is helped by the fact that most of the lads, behind the scenes, are ashamed of what happened last season and only too aware they are the first line that gets hit with the most criticism for what happened last season.
But lads like Harper, Krul, Smith, Steven Taylor, Coloccini (yes Fabricio – after we slammed the lad over the summer), Enrique (this guts and glory lad is staying on Tyneside for years to come), Guthrie, Nolan, Ameobi, Ranger and others, epitomize what it should be like to play for a team as famous around the world as Newcastle – The Fighting Magpies!
Quite honesty it’s feast or famine at the Newcastle club, and always has been.
And after these players blackened the name of the Newcastle club earlier this year, that culminated in relegation last May, they have now decided they are the ones who will bring the glory back to Newcastle.
And after they have truly committed to that, and the evidence is looking like they have, it probably doesn’t take too much for Chris and Colin to keep them motivated – it even seems the player committee of Harper, Butt, Barton, Nolan and Smith does that for them.
And that’s only one reason the lads are so together – and boy does it show on the pitch.
We cannot remember the club and the team getting so many plaudits from the opposition as we did from the Cardiff City press after Sunday’s game.
It started to remind us of just how proud we all are of our club again, and that feeling is extra good this season, after the disaster and nightmare that we all went through last season.
All Newcastle fans know just exactly what we mean by that – and long may it continue.
Howay The Lads – we can do it!!