Another workmanlike performance from the Newcastle side on Saturday afternoon got Newcastle another valuable 3 points at home, with a good 3-0 win over Preston North End.
Chris Hughton – down to earth
And for the first time for a long time, the Newcastle fans were singing the praise son their manager Chris Hughton.
Chris has already said that he’d rather the fans sing the praises of the side and the players , and not him.
But that’s part of the “ah shucks” attitude of the down-to-earth Newcastle manager – who has brought unlikely success to the Newcastle club this season.
If you don’t believe that think back to when the lads returned to training last July 1st, when everything but the kitchen sink was up in the air at the club.
Chris didn’t even know which players would be left, after Mike Ashley sold some big wage players to reduce the wage bill.
Yes – the man has achieved miracles this season, there’s little doubt about that.
Chris talked this morning about the singing of the fans on Saturday:
“It was nice but I can honestly say that it’s not something that concerns me,” “It’s about the team.”
“The fans have turned up – 46,000 – in this climate, after a game in midweek, that is superb. It’s really outstanding.”
“I didn’t recognize the chants at first, someone had to tell me it was me they were shouting at. It was nice. But what was nicer was that we won the game.”
“Occasionally I had my name sung (as a player). It was an awful long time ago that I last had my name sung.”
“It never upset me that others got their names sung (more).” “What you have to remember is that I was in a (TottenhamHotspur) team with Glenn (Hoddle), Steve Archibald, GarthCrooks, Ossie Ardiles, Steve Perryman, Ray Clemence – big names.”
“I knew where I was as a player. You are aware of your qualities and you will never have the profile some of the other names have.”
We think Chris is a great example of somebody who plays down his accomplishments in the hope that the success will continue.
It’s amost the opposite of getting carried away with your own success.
And there’s no doubt that attitude has translated to players who are unlikely to get carried away with themselves at the top of the Championship.
We still have to grind out those wins, especially away form home.
We think Chrsi will have the squad ready to do just that, and it’s good the lads will have a full week’s training before taking on Watford away next Satrurday afternoon.
Keep it up Chris.