Newcastle has a very multi-cultural squad at the moment, and manager Chris Hughton has talked about this today.
Chris Hughton – multi-cultural squad
Hughton has a lot of experience in working particularly with Argentine players, and he played with both Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa, at Tottenham Hotspur, and that will stand Chris in good stead with his two Argentines currently at Newcastle.
In those days International players were rare in England, especially from South America,and that experience has allowed Chris to work well with the many International players currently in Newcastle’s squad.
Chris said today:
“It’s a very multicultural squad,” “We had Enrique and Xisco last year. Probably that’s been the biggest plus for them settling in.”
“They enjoy being at this club and appreciate what a big club it is. It’s maybe also the closeness of the city.”
“It’s one thing I learnt when I came here – that it’s a smaller city than I thought it was. With that comes the support and the passion for the team.”
“Their families are very settled. With any foreign player, that’s halfway to being settled.”
Both Coloccini and Gutierrez are hoping to be in Argentine’s World C up squad for June, and Gutierrez ia almost certain to make it, since he seems to be one of Diego Maradona’s favorite players.
But it’s a toss up whether Coloccini will make the squad, but we are hoping he will – he certainly deserves it given his solid performances this season at Newcastle United.
“I still speak to Ossie Ardiles on a regular basis,” “He always asks about them, how they’re doing.” “The big difference when Ossie and Ricky came in 1978 when it was a lot bigger deal.”
“It was a very brave move particularly as they hadn’t come via Spain, they’d come from Argentina.”
“Apart from getting promoted, their biggest goal is a World Cup at the end of the season. I think it’s possible.”
” It’s not for me to pick anybody’s side but although we’re in a different division I would think Coloccini is playing as well as any other Argentinian centre-half.”
“But I’ve had no contact with Diego Maradona at all.”
Help Newcastle get promoted is job one for our two Argentine lads, and then get into the Argentine squad and help them do well in the World Cup.
Maybe they can do really well and reach the final this July, and then be hammered by England – that would be good. 😀