Newcastle manager Chris Hughton handed his players a two-day break as a just reward for all their efforts this season, and they’ll now report back on Thursday morning to start preparing for the home game against Blackpool on Saturday afternoon.
Chris Hughton – acknowledging fans last night
Chris is now among the many Newcastle United legends of the past, and Chris told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It feels great to join them.” “I’m so proud and it’s a proud moment for my family as well.” “You’re always aware of the fact that there have been a lot of people involved in this.”
“I’ve worked very closely with Colin Calderwood all season, who has been brilliant for the club, as has Paul Barron. They have to take a lot of the credit as well.”
“We’ve had difficult periods when we’ve not played so well, but we still won our games.” “We’ve had to really dig deep to find the spirit. We’ve kept the competition going all season.”
“That is real testament to the team ethos here.”
And as Chris has said above, it’s not only himself who is proud of the achievement, but it’s also a proud moment for his family.
And his team put the icing on the cake last night, when they came from behind to beat the Blades 2-1, with a super goal from captain for the night, Kevin Nolan.
“It’s just a wonderful and proud moment.” “Beating Sheffield United the way we did summed up our season, the way the game ebbed and flowed.”
“We went 1-0 behind and it wasn’t our best performance in the first half.” “We have so much guts and determination in this team that we’re able to come back from it and get the goal to win the game.”
“We could have had more too. It sums up this team.”
The celebrations on Tyneside will last a while, and then we’ll have to get down to winning the last 5 games of the season, and we know Chris has already done a lot of work on which players he wants to bring in during the summer.
This early promotion can only help with that, because now any new players arriving on Tyneside know they will be playing Premier League football next season.
We cannot wait.