Chris Hughton has come out today and taken a bit of a risk by talking about Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner.
Mike Ashley with Chris Hughton
Mike still has a poor relationship with Newcastle fans, and that’s putting it rather mildly, as fans still blame the owner for the plight the club is in, the lowest position we’ve been for almost 18 years.
Chris Hughton has told the Evening Chronicle today that Mike is always talking to him and that they have a good working relationship:
“Mike always does – he’ll speak to me after every game, whatever the result. I would imagine he’ll be very pleased.”
“We’re exactly where we want to be, but it’s a long, hard season, and there are a lot of games, and a lot of points to be fought for.”
“We’ve got to make sure we maintain what we’ve got.”
There’s no doubt that the unlikely Hughton has done a tremendous job for the Newcastle club since last summer, it’s really hard to argue with the facts.
The side has won 18 of their 31 games so far this season, and are on 63 points and top of the Championship. And we’ve been top almost all this season – almost.
And that great performance is after those expert football pundits were telling us last summer that we’d have another relegation season.
Hughton talked about the Newcastle success so far this season:
“It’s very, very satisfying. We’ve just got to make sure and take it through to the end of the season.”
“We know that the reality is that it is where we are on the last day of the season, after game 46, that matters. And that we must keep up our winning sequence if we’re to achieve our ultimate goal of promotion.”
“It’s a record that we aim to keep hold of for as long as possible.” “If you win your home games then you are certain to be there or there abouts come the end of the season.
“Preston, though, will be another test for everybody here.”
The Newcastle Unied Supporters Trust (NUST) had published results that said that 96% of Newcastle fans were against Mike.
We just didn’t believe that figure, and started our own poll on the home page.
At the moment about 48% do not approve of the way Ashley is running the club right now. We thought that would be a lot higher, but the poll is still open – so please vote if you haven’t done so already.
Each reader gets only one vote.
The only thing we are concerned about right now is to keep the club stable, so we can get promoted in May, and after that we have no idea what may happen – maybe Mike will finally sell the club in the summer.