Hughton Continues To Concentrate Only On Winning Games

It looks like Newcastle will just not comment on the Carroll – Taylor affair, and today Chris has told the Evening Chronicle that all he’s thinking about is winning games.

Chris Hughton – being coy but sensible too

Newcastle are starting to get close to securing that automatic promotion spot, and a win at home against Nottingham n Monday night, will go a long way to bringing success and promotion to Newcastle.

Hughton talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“It’s very much business as usual for us.” “The focus is always on trying to win games.”“And sometimes it probably sounds boring, but it’s what we stress to the players.”

“It was a big win at Doncaster.” “At this stage of the season they are all big games, as will be the next game and then the one after that.”

Hughton has lots of coaching experience of course, having spent over 14 years from June 1993 to October 2007 at the London club in various coaching capacities including being caretaker manager.

So he was very well grounded in the coaching side of things when he took up the permanent manager job at the end of October, and he seems to be making a very good job of things in his first season in charge on Tyneside.

It’s hard to know how he could have done much better.   What has surprised us is the way he has expertly handled the different personalities at the Tyneside club, and the way in which he has kept all his players concentrating on winning games.

And that seems to be what he keeps drumming into his players day in day out, as he continued:

“It’s the only way to think.” “It gets boring, but I wouldn’t expect the coaching staff to say anything different.”

“We have got the players focusing on the next game.” “There’s always something around the corner but we have tough games.”

Newcastle have a huge game against Nottingham Forest on Monday night, and then travel to Peterborough the following Saturday, who are rock bottom of the Championship.

And we cannot make any mistakes against either side, because 3 points at Peterborough is just as many points as a win against any other side, and we mustn’t take the 3 points for granted.

But we really don’t have too many concerns this season that Newcastle will take any team lightly while Hughton is the manager.

We can just hear Chris telling the players they still have to earn the points against Peterborough a week come Saturday and in fact if we can win our next two games, promotion will be ever so close.

Not taking any team lightly is what good teams do, and maybe we are turning into a more than decent side.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • lesh

    Mar 24, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Monday’s game will prove to be a big test.

    Forest were in a bit of a slump but they seem to have pulled themselves out of it, as last night’s result shows.

    We can’t afford complaceny and I’m confident that Hughton will have the players’ mind focused – as he seems to have been able to do for most of the season.

    Three points from Monday should just about confirm our champion’s credibility.

  • lesh

    Mar 24, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #2

    * complacency – I really must learn to spell

  • ksmit

    Mar 24, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #4

    I guess you’re asking if there is truth in Taylor being hated by the rest of the squad? It’s just as true as any random comment on this blog. It’s an opinion and the source is a “football agent mate who knocks about with Smith and Nolan….” Wouldn’t write it off but wouldn’t assume it’s even remotely credible

  • geordie_india

    Mar 24, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Yea…hope thats the case…we need both the players.

  • geordie_india

    Mar 24, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Yea…hope thats the case…atlast we need both the players stay at the club for a long time.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Mar 24, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #7


    DARLOMAGS2: Received this in an E-mail last night. I’ve had info before from this source and it turned out to be spot on, so I reckon this could be the truth!

    Just spoke to my fooball agent mate who knocks about with Smith and Nolan…..Taylor was texting Carrols lass who has Andy’s bairn, while the Toon were at Swansea and he was in Newcastle, asking her to come round…Taylor used to shag her before carroll.

    Taylor is despised at the club by all, very arrogant and done his best to move to Everton last summer which pissed the lads off. His Fatha, has gone to the press and spinning loads of ****e on the back of Carrolls bother in the Bigg market….Here’s the depth of feeling in the squad….Harper, Nolan, Smudge, Butt and Shola all went in and told Hughton yesterday to sell Taylor because of his selfish attitude.

    Carroll is apparantly thick as mince but a good honest lad and easily wound up.. They were in the treatment room after training when Carroll went up to Taylor and said ‘One chance to admit it as i’ve seen the texts’ and Taylor just laughed at him and went to walk away and Carroll dropped him.

    Good on the kid I say…The problem now is taylor and his Fatha are spinning this to the press behind the clubs back…..Just logged in to Lee Ryders blog on the chronical following the game and he says Jonas, Nolan and Butt all gave Carroll a big hug before kick off.

    So…thats the truth. Let people know and make sure that Taylor doesn’t get away with this, as Carroll could well end up in jail over it!!

  • Tom4Nufc

    Mar 24, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #8

    And if that’s true I feel bad about what was has happened to Andy and I will have pelted him down with stones before knowing the full story although I guess we will never know!!

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 24, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #9

    I think the way the players celebrated suggested that the players aren’t all behind taylor…especially nolan.

  • Toonmania

    Mar 24, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #10

    i think we will be ok against Forest their away form isn’t very good at the moment and we have been outstanding at home i see 3 points coming from mondays game


  • Bucks mag

    Mar 24, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m sorry, that “source” is absolute rubbish. Some irrlevant numpty on an unknown Toon blog. “My friend is an agent” – complete bs. There is no grounding to what he said at all. How can you give it any credit?

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 24, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #12

    While the post on Taylor is juicy, it would be very unlikely an agent, who relies on keeping trust with his clients, would “spill the beans” on a professional footballer.

    Perhaps it is time for NUFC to pursue two activities. First; find out how North American football teams (i.e.NFL) have so few of such incidents, and second; investigate the educational side of the Benton training lads to make sure it is providing both a intellectually challenging curriculum and developing social skills appropriate for men in the public eye. (I know I really have had a better life from the contact with polished and perceptive adults we socialized with in the Ohio Stater football program. We sons of mill hands and miners thought we were just enjoying picnics and dinners, but were actually being groomed to be able to handle the adoring public!) HWTL.

  • Sav

    Mar 25, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Well said to both the last 2 posts.


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