Again there’s not much new news on Newcastle today, but tomorrow we start a burst of 3 league games in a short 8 days, so we’ll see how we stand after those 9 points are played for.
Chris Hughton – 3 games in a week starting tomorrow
More comments from manager Chris Hughton today, but of course no new news on whether the Geoff Sheard bid has been approved by Ashley.
But there agin we have our doubts about whether that bid is really legitimate.
Chris talked yesterday about this week being a normal week:
“It has been a normal week and the speculation about my future is something I have got used to.” “However, that is not the important thing. The important thing is being able to focus on football matches, and up until this stage we have been very much able to do just that.
“Always the appropriate thing for me to say is I am very happy to do this job for as long as I am asked to do it. “Any publicity like that is nice and always flattering, but the only things we can really deal with are facts.
“We are where we are and until we are told anything different we just crack on as per normal. “We are just getting into the campaign. We are a quarter of the way through it, and we are enjoying the experience so far. We are learning more and more about this division with each and every game.”
Of course the speculation is that if ASshley keeps the club then he’ll appoint Chris as the full time manager of the club.
That’s both good and bad – good that we will have a settled manager this season, but bad because Mike will still be at the club, which meany something bad can happen at any time.
He should really be removed as owner of the club – as not being “fit and proper” before he does even more damage.
“It is very much about the team and that team is growing with each game. We have to maintain that. We will have to play three games in eight days, and we know the league position could change by the end of the week.”
“There are nine points to play for and we have to very much stay focused on the job we are doing and make sure we remain at the top end of the table.”
“If you asked me at the start of the season how I would feel to be three points clear at this stage then I would have delighted, but we are coming off the back of two games at home which were opportunities to extend the lead.”
“Probably the most important thing, looking back on those games, is that we did not lose. We managed to take something from the game even though we wanted all three points.”
“We are in a healthy position at the moment and the games are coming thick and fast. They are difficult gamers.”
“We know the challenges ahead, and we must be sure we are prepared for them.”
The 3 games we have are Nottingham Forest on Saturday followed by a game at Scunthorpe on Tuesday night, and then a home game next Saturday against Doncaster Rovers.
If we can get 3 wins out of those games we’ll be flying – again.