50 year-old Chris Hughton has done a fabulous job so far this season, in getting the Newcastle players to concentrate on the game of football, as news of the Newcastle club continues to make sensational headlines.
Chris Hughton – captain of a ship in rough waters
It’s like Chris is captain of a ship continually steering the team clear of icebergs and dangerous waters – and those icebergs are put there courtesy of the English gossip press very often, if not every day.
Chris told the Newcastle Journal today:
“I’m not tearing my hair out. Next week could be something different and the week after we might be reading something different about the club,”
“We can only react to what is fact and what is fact is that we have a group of lads and a football team who are fighting as hard as they can to be at the right end of the table. The most important thing is the next game.”
“I’ve not heard anything about administration. I’m aware of everything that’s been said but as far as I’m aware it’s speculation and we can only deal with what is fact. The fact is that we’re playing Ipswich on Saturday.”
“The players have been great – full credit to this group. There’s been a challenge put in front of them and so far they have been up to the challenge. We have to guard against the ups and lows but I can’t fault them.”
Hughton deserves great credit for the gentlemanly dignity he has shown this season, despite all the many problems that have confronted him.
That’s even more true as he works in the knowledge that a Moat takeover, which we are told could be close, would likely see Alan Shearer installed as the Newcastle boss, almost immediately.
And while we don’t want to jump the gun, if that takeover and management change does happen, we’d like to see Chris and his coaches get the respect recognition their early season work deserves.
Perhaps Chris coming on the field before a home game and allowing the fans to show their appreciation for a job well done would be fitting – or something like that.
Chris is a Londoner — but has shown great dedication to Newcastle in the short 18 months he’s been on Tyneside -boy it seems like 10 years!
And one thing he has achieved already this season, is to ensure the Newcastle ship is not the Titanic – as we look to be going up this season and not down.
That’s a credit to Chris and his coaches, and of course we’d love them to stay on Tyneside, whatever happens.
Howay The Lads!!