Chris Hughton has again been named Manager of the Month For September in the Cocal Cola Championship.
Chris Hughton – two manager of the month awards in succession
The four nominations for Manager of the Month for September were: Chris Hughton – Newcastle United, Jim Magilton – Queens Park Rangers, Roberto Di Matteo – West Bromwich Albion and Ian Holloway – Blackpool.
The winners were announced today during the Sky Sports Soccer Saturday show, and Coventry City striker Leon Best was named Coca-Cola Championship Player of the Month for September.
Our own Kevin Nolan was one of the four nominations for player of teh month, with Matty Fryatt – Striker – Leicester City and Grant McCann – Midfielder – Scunthorpe United the other two nominations.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle before the award was announced today:
“At this stage in the season, we’re absolutely delighted to be where we are.” “Did we think we could be at this point at this stage of the season?”
“We didn’t know, because we didn’t know what the league held in store for us.” “There was also the situation with players here – we didn’t know who was coming or going.”
“Taking all that into consideration, we’re delighted to be where we are, but one thing you can’t do is get too carried away.””
And after the announcement of the award today, Chris told Sky Sports:
“It’s very pleasing, but it’s very much an award for this group of lads and the staff I’ve got working with me. It’s very much a team award.”
“I’m certainly enjoying it at the moment. It’s very difficult not to when you’ve got a group of lads performing as they are, and we’re at the right end of the table.”
“But I know there are going to be difficult times ahead of us. There are times when we’re going to be stretched and perhaps we’re going to get the injuries that other teams have already had this season.”
“I’ve enjoyed the challenge, and it has been a real challenge at times, but there are certain aspects which have been made easier by the staff that we have and the group of players that we have.”
There’s no doubt Chris has done a great job since he took over the club on July 1st, with Newcastle again in a state of shambles and utter turmoil.
But Chris has managed to get 7 wins and 23 points from the first 10 games, to have Newcastle 3 points clear at the top of the league.
Chris represents distinct class and integrity amid the turmoil at the club, and the bare-faced lies the club has been telling their fans for over a year now.
And after yesterday’s news on the Keegan win over the club, 3 points today is what all Newcastle fans are hoping for.
Hearty congratulations to Chris, on a job well done – now keep it up! 😀
Howay The Lads!!