Manager Chris Hughton has admitted that Newcastle United are now very close to promotion, and hopes the job can be completed in front of the loyal Newcastle fans on Monday night at St. James’ Park against Sheffield United.
Chris Hughton – hopes to get job done Monday night
Hughton told Sky Sports News after the 3-2 away win at Peterborough this afternoon:
“We are so very close and hopefully we can finish the job off in front of our own fans at St James’ Park on Easter Monday, when we face Sheffield United.”
“That would be an excellent reward for the supporters who have backed us so fantastically all season.”
“You always want to wrap up promotion at the first available opportunity and while that didn’t happen today, we know we are nearly there.”
“We have shown all season that we have the character and resilience to come from behind and pick up results, and that is something we did again.”
A single point will be all that’s needed to allow Newcastle fans to celebrate promotion big time on Monday night.
But the lads will still need to deliver, and there can be no let-downs, not after all they have achieved so far this season, which includes putting the pride back into Newcastle United Football Club, after it was all but destroyed last season.
Peterborough manager Jim Gannon, who took over from sacked Mark Cooper only on 1st February, praised the performance of his side after the game and said:
“In the first half we produced some of the best football since I have been at the club.”
“I felt we deserved to come in ahead at the interval and I think we proved that a bottom team can compete with a top side on any given day.”
Recently fired Bristol City manager Gary Johnson was present at London Road this afternoon, and apparently has been approached by the Peterborough club, but Gannon says he’ll be OK if the club appoint Johnson as manager, which appears likely.
“Gary is a manager with a fantastic CV and I believe it would be an excellent move to appoint him.”
“That decision is out of my hands, but I have given my advice to the club. Should a new manager come in before the end of the season, I will happily stand aside.”
But Peterborough will start next season in Division One, after only one season in the Championship, after being promoted last season in second place behind Leicester City.
Newcastle will start next season in the Premiership, and we’re really looking forward to new arrivals in the summer.