Chris Hughton keeps a very close check on his emotions, but there were cracks that appeared last night, as he at times seemed emotionally overwhelmed by the moment, as 48,000 Geordies partied at St. James’ Park.
Chris Hughton embraced by Coloccini last night
After the game Chris talked and admitted to it being an emotional time:
“It was emotional out there in the center circle,” “We have worked towards this a long time. We were in a good position but until it finally happens the realisation sinks in. It has now and it is a wonderful achievement by a lot of people.”
“I wasn’t crying! I am not the most emotional person, but it was emotional for me! Yes, Mike Ashley was down in the changing room. It was chaotic but I spoke to him briefly.”
“He said congratulations and enjoy it – it is certainly the kind of thing we are in the game for. This is up there with any achievement I’ve had in the game. I have coached at Spurs when we have won things but this is my first achievement as a manager. It is a proud achievement.
“I never take the plaudits personally. I manage a football club. Anything heading towards me is for the team. It is the team who have got us promoted and the way they have done it, through highs and lows. It is nice to hear your name.”
“We have a good squad, we kept a lot of players from last season. The players we had made a decision was to take this team back to the Premier League. Then we went about our business.”
“We have had toughness to grind out results in periods we have not played our best. Later in the season we have come here and won and scored goals.”
“At this moment we deserve to be in the Premier League. We didn’t season. The position didn’t lie. But this club certainly deserves to be there now.”
“Aims next season? I can’t think about that at this moment. We have five games left. We want to win the championship now. That is our target.”
“I will be celebrating – it might be stronger than a coffee tonight! And lots of it.”
It’s good to hear that Chris did have more than his hot cup of coffee last night, because he has done a magnificent job for the club this season, and in retrospect it came fairly easily.
But that was due to the preparation and thoroughness of Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood for every single game this season.
They are unlikely heroes on Tyneside, but heroes they are, and will now go down in the history of this great football club.
Howay The Lads!!