Chris Hughton is a down to earth man – who shuns not only the limelight but any praise sent his way.
Chris Hughton – pragmatic and dedicated to the Newcastle cause
Nothing was more obvious today than when he was continually asked about the chorus of song on Saturday afternoon – coming from the singing section at St. James’ Park – put in place by former Chairman Chris Mort.
“There’s Only One Chris Hughton” was heard loud and clear from the terraces, along with “Hughton, Hughton Give US A Wave” which Chris finally acknowledged.
But when asked today about that chorus of appreciation Chris completely brushed it off by saying:
“It’s always nice to hear, of course.” “But the most important thing is the team and that continued backing.”
“The levels of support this season have been outstanding and we thank them for that.”
“But, of course, anything that is directed towards us doing well is always welcome.”
“We just hope we can continue to get the points to get us promoted because our fans certainly deserve to be in that top division – they are best bar none.”
Most us like getting compliments, let’s face it, but it seems that Chris is so dedicated to bringing promotion to Tyneside this season, that he shies away from any public appreciation – in case it gets in the way of his only goal this season at Newcastle – promotion.
It says something of the man that even when he is applauded, he deflects that applause to his players.
That kind of quiet leadership doesn’t go unnoticed by his players – who seems to be willing to give everything they have for Newcastle and Chris this season. And it’s just wonderful to see that.
And it may auger well for the future of Newcastle United, not just this season, but in future seasons still to come.
Just think, we may even have a decent team in the Premier League in a couple of years time – maybe.
Howay The Lads!!