A really good interview in the Journal this morning with Spanish Geordie Jose Enrique, who is currently still in Newcastle heaven after scoring his first ever goal for the Tyneside club on Monday night.
Jose Enrique – attacked by Gutierrez after scoring
Jose’s celebration showed what it meant to him, and also what it meant to the other Newcastle players. These lads are really together, and the only thing that concerned us was when Gutierrez attacked him from behind.
And Chris Hughton’s reaction to the goal was also interesting – he went crazy for all of 5 seconds (we counted), before settling down and getting himself completely under control again. 😀
But those 5 seconds show us how driven Chris Hughton is to be a success at Newcastle and for Newcastle.
This man may be a lot better than we had first thought, although the PL next season will be one huge test of his real management abilities.
It’s interesting that Jose Enrique has come out today and praised Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, because we remember early last season when Jose said Chris was a good coach but he was no manager.
That was shortly after Chris had been appointed as the caretaker manager after Kevin Keegan left under terrible circumstances at the Newcastle club.
Newcastle went 5 games on the trot with defeats, including that one to Hull City at home, as we recall.
This is what Jose has said today about Chris, the unlikely Newcastle manager:
“A lot of credit has to go to him, very much so,”
“He has had a long career as a coach but this is the first time he has had the opportunity to be the boss and I think he has proved what a good one he is.”
“Before, he was always a number two or number three but now he is in charge 100 per cent. I don’t have to say how good he is because the league table tells you that.
“For me, in my personal opinion, he is the best manager I have ever had here.” “This is my third season at Newcastle and he is the best.”
Since Jose has been at the club he’s been managed by Sam Allardyce, who signed him from Villareal, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer and Chris.
So that’s a great compliment from Jose.
Now the lads will need to all pull together next season to ensure we don’t have a relegation fight on our hands, but we now know, at the very least, the lads are now able to scrap and fight it out with any team in the PL.
That’s one of the things that was sadly missing last season, when we were relegated.