As expected, Chris Hughton will have Fabricio Coloccini, Alan Smith and Ryan Taylor in the squad for the next vital game tomorrow in South Wales against an in-form Swansea City side.
Chris Hughton – has selection options
Chris is personally facing some challenges in his fledgling management career, and we’ll get an idea of what the man’s made of in the next couple of weeks, as the pressure mounts on the Londoner to keep the Newcastle results coming.
But in the past this season, we have to say Chris has come through every time, and he seems to be able to stand the significant pressure of managing the famous Newcastle club.
Chris talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“Coloccini’s a very good player. He’s been a regular player for us this season.”
“Have we missed him?” “Sometimes you don’t want to say yes, because it would be to the detriment of somebody else, and I’d have to say both Mike Williamson and Fitz Hall have come in and done well in the games they’ve been involved in.”
“But Coloccini’s a big player for us, and you want your best players in the squad.”
And Chris has said that Coloccini and others in the squad this season have been model professionals.
Chris talked about the players’ professionalism this season:
“They all have,” “This harks back to earlier in the season when no-one really knew what would be happening regarding which players would be coming and going.”
“The players very quickly determined that if they were going to be here, they were going to have a go, and he (Coloccini) would fall into the same category as most of the players that are still here.”
“They’ve all shown a great desire to take this club back up.”
This will be Newcastle’s 30th game this season, and is the game in hand over WBA, who play at Reading in the FA Cup 5th round.
With still 19 games to go Chris added:
“There’s still a long way to go, as has been proved in previous seasons with the likes of Hull and Burnley who have gone on long runs towards the latter part of the season.”
“Probably the best way to look at it is very simple. Just multiply the number of games left by three, and that is the number of points to fight for.
“It’s an awful lot of points.”
And we can even do the maths for that – yes it’s 57 points to play for, and that’s an awful lot of points still to play for – we agree on that.
We think we’ll need around 30 of those points to gain automatic promotion – that’s 10 wins.
let’s hope the first of those is ours by 3pm tomorrow afternoon.
If that happens Newcastle fans around the world will be delighted.