Chirs Hughton wants Newcastle fans to forget their differences with Mike Ashley and support the team 100% tomorrow, and also continue in that vein.
Chris Hughton – asks for 100% Newcastle support
All 3 points is the only thing that;s important tomorrow when we entertain Peterborough United.
Posh will be the first club to revisit the re- branded sportsdirect.com@St James’ Park. What a mouthful and what a disgrace. 🙁
Newcastle fans have focused well on supporting Newcastle’s promotion push during matches this season, and for us to be successful we have to keep doing that.
It will be a huge mistake to upset the Newcastle United apple-cart again with huge demonstrations – a huge mistake.
“There are two ways of supporting a team,” “There is no support in this division which has turned up as consistently as our fans have. That is something that is vital for us.”
“It is the supporters’ prerogative (to protest), it is their club. My concerns are that they get behind the team and from that angle they haven’t let us down.”
Newcastle have averaged just over 41,000 fans in the Championship home games this season, so far, which shows you the fantastic fan support that exists in the football crazy City of Newcastle and the surrounding area.
And it’s not like the fans are turning out to watch Manchester United, Chelsea and the Arsenals of this world – although we hope to do that next season. 😀
According to the Newcastle Journal, only 5 Premier League sides – Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea (only just) – have bettered that so far this season , and our home gate average is now 8,000 above the Premier League average.
By the way we are glad Sunderland are not in that bunch of five clubs!
Chris talked about that support:
“I sympathize with the supporters. They give us wonderful support and there is no doubt this is their club.”
“When you look at the numbers which turned up at Sheffield United, Scunthorpe, Forest. After what we have been through, that is wonderful.”
Good words from the boss and he will know it is very important o keep on the good side of the fans, as Sam Allardyce and Graeme Souness found out during their time (short time may be add) at the Tyneside club.
But the results on the field will shape the view of Hughton from a fan’s perspective, much more than anything else.
On the enormous controversy surrounding the recent renaming of St. James’ Park Chris had this to say:
“I am quite sure that in a year’s time, two years’ time, 10 years’ time, people will still refer to the stadium as St James’,” he said. “It’s not like a club that has actually moved its stadium.”
“I can understand where the supporters are coming from, but in everybody’s eyes, it will still be St James’.”
“There are always going to be commercial decisions, but the most important thing for us is we are able to strengthen in the areas we need to prolong a season that hopefully sees us at the right end of the table.”
“I have been told they (the board) will look to support me in my endeavors to strengthen.”
We’ll just have to wait and see if there are any demonstrations tomorrow afternoon – but if they do take place they should be after we’ve beaten Peterborough United.
Comments always welcome.