Chris Hughton can only do so much in the uncertainty that has surrounded Newcastle United since he took over as interim manager once again on July 1st.
That’s not to say the man hasn’t performed miracles with the squad of players Newcastle have been left with, but with our 3 loan signings, it’s hardly surprising they are intimating they would all love to stay on Tyneside permanently, but that’s something that Chris cannot control.
He has no idea who may own the club next week, and who the manager will be – so as we’ve said he’s performed miracles on Tyneside these last 3 months, and long may it continue.
Chris has given the players a few days off this week as a well-deserved break following their much better than expected start to the promotion campaign in August, but we have to keep it up of course.
After the fantastic display and win at Ipswich, the side dropped off badly and could take only 2 points from their two home games, which is hardly what we expect or need this season.
Chris said today:
“I haven’t had any contact with the owner and we are still waiting for a statement which either says the club has been sold or it is not going to be sold,”
“Until that happens, all we can do is focus on the here and now. That occupies at least 95% of my thoughts.
“We do try to plan for the long term, but in reality we can’t do very much because of the situation here. We have got three players in on loan and we have been delighted with all three of them so far.”
“They have all made a contribution.” “But in terms of looking at turning them into permanent transfers we have not thought about it.”
“I don’t know what will happen in January in that respect. That is all very much on hold and all I can do is work with the players that I have now and try to make sure we continue as we have been doing.”
Unfortunately we may be in for a new silly season with the sale of Newcastle, as we see new headlines each day on some new group interested, but we have to question a lot of these stories.
We’ve looked back on what happened a year ago when the club was first up for sale, and we’d say about 90% of the stories turned out to be bogus – yes that many.
And even then there was a South African link in the stories – history seems to repeat itself, doesn’t it?
And Hughton has just had to ignore all these stories every day in the press, and get his players to do the same, and concentrate only on their football, and getting the results the club needs this season.
And he’s done just great and if it had been Kevin or Alan in charge, people would have been going on about how really wonderful managers they were – but Chris hasn’t really deserved too many accolades, as most supporters are still thinking – can he keep it up?
Wouldn’t it be something if he can and Newcastle runs away with the league – but we get ahead of ourselves (once again). 😀