Chris Hughton has given a long interview in the Newcastle Journal this morning and he surprisingly says he didn’t know exactly what to expect in the Championship, before the season started.
Chris Hughton – not sure what to expect in Championship
Because the squad was so weak mentally last season, we had our doubts about whether Newcastle could maintain their winning ways of August, when the lads won five of six games, and it was only the very first game at WBA which they drew, after being behind in the first half.
And it seems like both Chris and the players didn’t have much of a clue either of how the team would do this season.
And Remember the experts were predicting the side would go straight down to Division One and compared Newcastle to the Leeds United side who ended up in Division Two – or the fourth division of English Football before coming back last year.
“The truth is that, at the start of the season, I didn’t really know what would happen,” “There were blips in pre-season, but I was never overly-concerned.”
“I didn’t really know what would happen in the Championship, and the only way to find out was to play the first two or three games and see.”
“From a fairly early stage, it became apparent we had enough character and quality to have a real good go.”
Most of the Newcastle fans also were not sure how the lads would do, with some agreeing with the pundits that we would go straight down to Division One.
It reflects so well on Hughton and the players that once the lads got their feet on the ground in August, and did so well, they have managed to essentially stay on top of the Championship almost the whole season so far.
That shows guts, determination and not a little bit of skill – and that’s one reason we are so proud of the lads this season – so far.
Howay The Lads!!