Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is refusing to set a points total for this season for Newcastle, but he knows very well the points that have gained automatic promotion over the last several seasons, and Newcastle must be in reach of those.
Calderwood and Hughton – aware of points totals
Newcastle are hoping to get their first away win in eight attempts tomorrow at Vicarage Road, and a win would put Newcastle on 69 points, with just 13 games to go.
Newcastle have 66 points and are currently 5 points ahead of Nottingham Forest, 6 points ahead of WBA and a massive 13 points ahead of 4th placed Swansea.
Why aren’t the top three automatically promoted like in the days of old?
We suppose the clubs make money from the playoffs – so it’s a money thing – surprise, surprise.
Over the last 10 years, automatic promotion has been achieved with points totals from a low of 76 points to a high of 88 points.
So Newcastle would need 22 points in their last 14 games to get to the maximum needed for automatic promotion in the last 10 seasons.
Chris talked this morning:
“What we are aware of is what points have got a team promotion over the last five, 10 years,”
“We are aware of that, but if you start heading towards a figure, what then happens when you get to that figure?”
“We have had targets. We have had targets for games, how many games we could win over a certain period.”
“But it’s about getting results and how quickly you can bounce back from a poor result and how many runs you can put together, and that we have been able to do.”
We don’t think Chris should set any points targets – but simply concentrate on how to win the next game – one at a time.
Doing that will keep the lads concentrating on what’s important – and that’s playing well and trying to win every single one of the remaining 14 games.
So be it.