Significant Pressure On Manager Chris Hughton

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.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • psb

    Feb 12, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #1

    There are SEVENTEEN games to go !! Grrr !!!

    Also, this is not our game in hand over WBA. They are not playing because they are in the cup. When they play the game they miss this weekend they will be back to one game ahead of us again.

    Our game in hand is Reading away. When we play that WBA have no game.

  • Mark-o

    Feb 12, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #2

    The only pressure on Hughton is that placed upon him by over demanding fans. It was said on a previous thread that despite the club having no debt, signing player who can do a job in this division (when given the chance to bed in) and being comfortably in the top two with a game in hand, supporters will still find something to moan about.
    I doubt hughton is feeling any pressure as he is aware of this situation more than anyone at the club, and remember this is his first manergerial role and he’s gone about his business very professionally and at the end of the day has put us in the best possible place for automatic promotion.
    It’s idiotic mindless supporters who still think we deserve top be in the premierleague fighting for european football that invent this pressure and its those same people who need to have a good hard look at themselves and the way they follow this team.

  • psb

    Feb 12, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Spot on Mark. I agree with everything you say.

    If we lose at Swansea the season will not end. Just as Cardiff’s has not ended by losing 5-1 to us. They bounced back and won on Tuesday while we lost. All this talk of “crucial” and “vital” games is putting pressure where it shouldn’t. WBA and Forest have clawed back 7 points from us. We could drop the same behind them and claw it back with three straight wins. That is the nature of a 46 game season.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 12, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #4

    I just spent my lunch with a load of scots and prem fans moaning about how it’s all so predictable at the top of their respective tables.

    I am really enjoying (and hopefully will soon be missing) supporting a team in a league where there are no ‘expected’ results. Anyone really can beat anyone in the CCC, as we’ve seen in the last week.

    Hughton will continue to keep a level head and I believe our lads will continue to win more than they lose. I think it’s going to be close at the top, and I doubt if we will ever find ourselves in a comfortable position at the top.

    How boring would that be??

  • Whumpie

    Feb 12, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #5

    I want to see Guthrie play a blinder tomorrow. He could be so important for us if he can just find his full form.

    On the subject of attacking midfielders, I gather young Kaz is already talking about leaving permanently. I think that would be a big mistake for him; far too early.

    Keep going out on loan, Kaz; do your apprenticeship and don’t expect to be in a premiership 1st team until at least your early twenties. Rush it and you’ll end up like Routledge. If you’re lucky.

  • psb

    Feb 12, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #6

    I am enjoying it in the Championship too – at least we can go into every single game thinking we have a chance of winning. In the Premeirship there are around 10-12 games every season when you just know we won’t even get a draw. Arsenal away anyone ? Chelsea away ? I just write those weekends off.

  • psb

    Feb 12, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Guthrie has never played a blinder for us and never will. Oh ok, Leicester at home maybe. Too often he is anonymous and as a right sided “winger” he has absolutely no effect. He disappears from games with monotonous regularity. He is poor in the tackle too. However many tattoos he covers himself with, he just isn’t hard enough.

  • Aza9

    Feb 12, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #8

    psb i think thats a fairly harsh assessment on Guthrie. He was our man of the match against Derby. He set-pieces have been quality recently aswell so until barton is back he would be in my team everytime.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 12, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #9

    He does look a bit too much like Dan Ackroyd’s little brother, granted. But I’m desperately hoping that he’ll come to the fore so we don’t have to rely on Barton, who has done even less but comes with all the obvious baggage too.

    I’m just thinking we need that creative midfield spark, and Guthrie is our only real, fit, senior possibility to provide it this season. If he can learn to interact with our wingers and full-backs, we should be flying.

    More to the point, we should be flying without compromising our defence.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 12, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Incidentally, we do have some excellent prospects for that position in the ressies, but they are just too young yet. A bit like Lua Lua, they look amazing playing against other teenagers, but soon get found out when they’re up against 1st teamers in their prime.

    Barton, let’s face it, is odds-on to be injured/arrested/banned/beaten up/sold/shot before he gets anywhere near putting in a string of good performances in black and white (hasn’t had oneyet), so that leaves, um, Guthrie.

  • dave 1961

    Feb 12, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Hughton is not a manager, he has no idea how to pick a team, we seen his team on Tuesday and they were awful, just like most of the season, when we run out of luck we get beat, he seems totally lacking in every department, and that’s just his team selection, he is clueless in every way his recruitment has been awful, when he fails (although i would love to be wrong about that) i will blame this as another whopping cock up by the fat pie man. if this was done by a makum i could understand it, its all so predictable to me its like i have read the book and seen the film 40 time over, new owner same old mistakes, even if i could see a single positive from this, but know matter how hard i look i see it ending in failure. and i am worried as i am never this wrong, a airplane can land on my house, a wagon can dump ten tones of crap on my car, but leave my football team alone please ashley.

  • psb

    Feb 12, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #12

    ok dave 1961, use your obvious football knowledge and tell us all what team YOU would have picked on Tuesday night !

    The old “blame Ashley” thing is getting so f,n TEDIOUS ! I don’t gve a damn whether Ashley owns the club or if Niall Quinn, Roy Keane or Robbie Savage run it, as long as results are aceptable. At this moment in time (and I stress that), avoiding defeat in 25 out of 29 games is more than acceptable.

  • psb

    Feb 12, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Whumpie – maybe my comments on Guthrie are slightly harsh, but he just doesn’t do it for me, I’m afraid. Not enough creativity, not enough goals, not enough presence.

  • BeeGuy

    Feb 12, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Really tough comments about this squad here. I keep seeing a team with PL class players who win games due to savvy and skill. I see bright youngsters with talent learning their positions. I see a coaching staff with its feet on the ground.
    If the course charted can be maintained, there will be no lost weekends at Chelsea or Arsenal-maybe heartbreaking losses, but competitive matches – not routs. And who knows, maybe the red ink will catch up to the big 4 and we will see a re-shuffle of the PL. MA seems to have put the club in position to take advantage of others financial fallout if and when it happens. WmJPowers Waxhaw, NC

  • chuck

    Feb 12, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Will Hughton ever get the full endorsement of the fans or will he be found unacceptable through his association with Ashley ?
    Cant imagine it, even if he brings this club to the PL.

  • spiderpig

    Feb 12, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #16

    its amazing how much negativity creeps back in after one loss with a lot of folk on here.get a grip boys.we are a good team now and with prem football and more money we will be a better one.leeds beat man u at old trafford this year.over the course of a season even the best teams will lose 3 or 4 games.its football ffs.


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