Newcastle won their 13th game of the 17 games so far played at home on Saturday afternoon and are top of the Championship, a full 5 points clear of second placed Nottingham Forest, and what happens?
Chris Hughton – fans warming to him?
For almost the very first time, the Newcastle crowd was singing the praises of their unlikely manager Chris Hughton, during the 3-0 win over Preston.
Let’s face it, whether you like the man or not, what Chris Hughton has done this season at Newcastle United has been little short of miraculous.
It’s hard to argue with the facts.
And opposite number Darren Ferguson, manager of Preston talked this morning about the job Chris has done:
“Chris came in in an extremely difficult time with all of the goings on,” “But he has brought stability to the club.”
“It’s not an easy league to get out of. They way they are going it looks like they have a really good chance of going up.”
“People in football understand the good job he has done, it’s a massive club where the expectations are huge.”
“It’s the work ethic as well. The players have done very well up to now, they just have to keep it going.”
“You can tell the players are playing for him, with the effort they are putting in.”
And Kevin Nolan, who notched his 12th goal of the season on Saturday, has come out today and is pleased the fans may be finally warming to the man the players have supported ever since he took over on a temporary basis last July 1st.
Kevin Nolan has been one of the huge players at Newcastle this season, both on and off the field,
And Kevin was pleased to hear the fans come around a littler bit on Saturday afternoon, as he said today:
“It is weird, we were just talking the other day about the fact the fans have not really sung the manager’s name this season,”
“I have had a lot of family up this week and my dad who said, ‘They have never sung Chris Hughton’s name have they?’
“You don’t really think about it on the pitch but it was great to hear. It is well deserved.”
“It is great that Chris is getting the recognition he deserves and it is something we would like to see more of.”
There are lots of people in the game who will appreciate the fabulous job that Chris has done at Newcastle.
Have you noticed how few headlines there are these days, on things we don’t want to hear?
The headlines are all about how well the lads are doing on the pitch, and we want it to stay that way.
Chris has not only got the team winning games, but he has calmed things down on Tyneside, and it’s not surprising the man seems to get on well with Mike Ashley.
The two seem to have worked well together since Chris was appointed permanent manager in October.
We cannot assume we will get promoted of course – but if we do we’d love to see the fans reward Chris and the players after the final home game of the season – on April 24th against Ipswich.
If the lads can get a win, and we have captured promotion by then, the scenes would be heart warming – to say the least – for every single Newcastle fan around the world.
That has to be the goal and we would love it – just love it!
Howay The Lads!!