Chris Hughton, in his 3rd spell as Newcastle interim manager, hardly has a safe and secure job on Tyneside, since anything can happen, and he could be out of a job at the club at any time. After all this is Newcastle.
Chris Hughton – overseeing great win at Cardiff City
But while he continued to inspire his players and has the team not only playing good football, but with so much heart, that scenario would seem to be fading, but you just never know at Newcastle.
Quite honestly, we’d be very happy to see the uncertainty at the ownership level continue for a few more months, just as long as the team keeps winning. 😀
And that view is likely shared by the Newcastle fans, who are basking in the unlikely success of their team right now.
Chris is nothing if not down to earth, and he continues to low-key things at the club, as he said today:
“There’s a belief we can win football matches. Any thoughts of getting out of this division, it seems so far away.”
“When you mention the amount of games we still have to play, it’s such an awful long way away.”
“There is a great belief at the moment that we can win football matches, and that comes with winning games and confidence and at the moment, they are a confident group of lads.”
There was an interesting moment last Saturday night, after Nolan had scored the first goal, when the TV cameras caught Chris sitting stoically on the bench, with not even a trace of a smile on his face.
However, they then showed that when Kevin had scored, Chris was on his feet with clenched fists saying something like “yes” – but he very quickly sat down again.
That reaction reminded us a lot of Sir Alf Ramsey, when he was England manager, as Alf rarely showed much emotion, and that really upset the gossip press back in those days.
In the draw for the the group stages of the 1970 World Cup, held in Mexico, England were reigning champions and were amazingly drawn in the same group as Brazil, live on TV.
There were loud gasps in the room when it happened, and when the cameras flashed to Alf, nothing!.
No emotion shown at all, although there were rumors he did blink his eyes and move his little finger – but only once.
The news was flashed around the world but Alf remained completely unconcerned with the draw.
But those outward appearances can often be misleading, and of course Alf, like Fabio Capello today – had a burning desire to be successful.
Alf didn’t do too bad as England manager, did he?
Likewise, we should not underestimate the burning desire and ability of Chris Hughton, to bring success and joy back to the banks of the Tyne.
After all, he’s made a pretty good start this season, after all.
Howay The Lads!!