Chris Hughton seems a man with lots of plain common sense, and coupled with his unbelievable work ethic, it has made him one very successful manager this season at Newcastle United.
Chris Hughton – common sense + work ethic = success
And he put that to good use in his management of the Newcastle United club this season.
His basic mantra is that he and the players will take every game one at a time, and once the game is over, learn what they can from the game, but then get ready for the next game, which is always the most important game.
That in a nutshell is the way Chris manages the club, and boy has it been successful so far.
And we don’t expect that to change in the last 7 games of the season, or even for that matter next season in the Premiership.
Chris told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I have no plans to keep up to date with the score at Bristol.”
“My job is to manage to the team to three points against Peterborough United, regardless of what happens at Ashton Gate.
“I never wonder about score updates in the dugout, just concentrate on how we are doing.”
“I’m sure we’ll have an idea of what is going on from our fans anyway.”
“It is 90 minutes for Newcastle United to win a game and that is the only way we are looking at things.”
The Newcastle players can get some passion for the game tomorrow, if they need to, from the 2-0 defeat we suffered in the Carling Cup earlier this season, although that’s when we started 6 teenagers, and it was hardly our first team.
But you wouldn’t expect Hughton to talk about revenge, and he was asked about that he continued:
“No, I don’t think we are looking at it like that for a moment.” “That was a different game, and one in which we were able to give our younger players a chance.”
“It was a learning curve for them back then.” “They will benefit from that in the future.” “We are just looking for three points and treating it like a normal league match.”
“You can’t take it for granted that you are going to win.” “There’s going to be a big crowd and that will generate some atmosphere.” “We won’t take them lightly.”
“Because of the position they are in, they will be looking forward to the game rather than fearing us.”
The only thing Chris should be thinking about tomorrow, and the only thing Chris will be thinking about tomorrow, is how to get Newcastle 3 points.
Sounds good to us.