It is now an interesting situation to see if Mike Ashley will appoint Chris Hughton as the new permanent manger at Newcastle after two disastrous defeats on the trot.
Mike Ashley – will he still appoint Hughton full time?
After all Middlesbrough are just one point behind Newcastle and that’s not good enough for their Chairman Steve Gibson, who sacked manager Gareth Southgate at 11:30 pm last night, after Middlesbrough had beaten Derby County 2-0 at the Riverside last night.
But quite honestly we don’t think Mike will change his mind, although it would be sensible to wait a week or two to see if Chris can turn this thing around – but Mike will not do that.
When has he ever done the sensible thing in the past?
Chris seemed confident enough after the game as he said:
“In the game we had a lot of chances but we were not clinical enough,” “The manner in which we conceded both goals was poor because we didn’t deal with situations.”
“Their goalkeeper was man of the match, which tells you all you need to know about how the game went, but if you concede goals in the way we did, then you cannot expect to win football matches.”
“The dressing room is very low but I have no choice but to try and lift the players ahead of Saturday’s game. We need to be more clinical. This is a game we should have won, there’s no doubt about that.”
“As far as I know, nothing is different and I’m confident the situation has not changed.”
It seems like Newcastle have been missing Steven Taylor and Coloccini as both goals were sloppy ones – but that’s what happens when the squad just isn’t big enough.
Of course most Newcastle fans would have hoped Mike Ashley had already left the club, and with just two points from our last 4 games, and the likelihood that Ashley will be staying at Newcastle until the summer at least – things couldn’t look much bleaker for Newcastle fans right now.
We need a win against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday to turn things around.