Chris Hughton has today talked to the Newcastle Journal, about what it would like if Newcastle do indeed secure promotion, at their very first attempt.
Chris Hughton – will celebrate with a nice cup of coffee
Chris talked this morning about what promotion would be like:
“It would be a wonderful achievement,”
“Certainly if we’re able to do it then it does bring back memories of the summer and everything that went on with the insecurities.”
“Because of everything it’d make it more special. There were always uncertainties because of the position we were in, that was throughout the club with the implications of relegation. All of those things we had to deal with.”
“If someone said 12 months ago we’d be in the scenario we are now I wouldn’t have believed them. It’s the beauty of the game, its unpredictability.”
“I’m very proud of this group of lads and the way they’ve gone about their business. Whenever we’ve had a blip they’ve generally come back firing.”
We’re just waiting for the reports coming through, once Newcastle are promoted, for people to minimize what Chris and the Newcastle team have done this season.
When miracles occur, people always go back and explain, in stark logic, why it happened. But that’s all after the fact and hindsight is always 20-20 perfect vision.
If anybody had said last July that Newcastle would be in this position, nobody would have believed it, and indeed the reports were how Newcastle would not be good enough even for the Championship.
But Chris Hughton, the coaches, the players and yes, even owner Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias for what they’ve done these last 3 months, deserve the plaudits.
Hughton was asked how he would celebrate once Newcastle are promoted:
“I’m not a champagne drinker,” “My preferred tipple? A nice cup of coffee.” “But we’re not there yet, you’re always guarded when you’re on this side.”
“You can’t keep telling the players to keep their feet on the ground and then get carried away yourself. I desperately hope we do it over this weekend, the players deserve it.”
“If we’re to win on Saturday and Monday (the return game against Sheffield United) we know we’ve got promotion – and they desperately deserve it.”
“But it won’t finish a good season because we want to stay where we are. We’ve been top of the division for just about the whole season.”
Let’s hope promotion becomes definite this afternoon with a win at Peterborough, and hopefully Nottingham Forest will not fare too well at Bristol City, where Newcastle found it very tough indeed.
But most Newcastle fans will not be celebrating with a cup of coffee, but something a lot stronger will be in order.
We’re even now getting excited that we may even be able to do fairly well next season in the Premiership, where a mid-table position would be fantastic.
Howay The Lads!!