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.