Newcastle Players Get Two Day Break After Emotional Promotion


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.

Hughton continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.


11 comments so far

  • TheShadow

    Apr 6, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    7 points and we are champions of the league lads

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  • Charlietoon

    Apr 6, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #2

    We should certainly have a slightly higher calibre of player available to us now, somewhat higher from over seas, but I don’t think Hughton or Mike will let that change their strategy of bringing in young and hungry players

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  • TheShadow

    Apr 6, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3

    i think that leroy lita, craig bellamy or Valeri Bojinov on loan to cover up front as lita and bellers have pace and bojinov is a work horse

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  • derekm

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s world cup year so every agent will be hawking their players AFTER the tournament ends. We stand a good chance of picking up emerging young talent only after said agents realise the big four don’t want them – that is a fact of life, but the big new factor is how much money do the big four actually have to spend? Our promotion may well have come at a fantastic time as FIFA begins to level the playing field with regards to finances, and we enter the division as a largely debt free and solvent venture. I want to thank and sympathise with Marlon Harewood and Kishnasvilli – how must these guys feel now when they had a chance to possibly sign long term? Anyway – best wishes to both of em and thanks for their efforts -all part of the bigger picture and all that.

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  • mrmcgee

    Apr 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Seriously Shadow?? LITA OR BELLAMY!?!?!!!!

    Bojinov is ok, better as a AMC.

    Lita has no finishing ability.. no control.. he is terrible.. He has got involved with the wrong people and is out clubbing all of the time… we dont need players like that anymore at the toon. He isnt even good enough for boro in the championship.. What makes you think he is good enough for us in the prem?

    And for bellers…….. he is not welcome in the toon, never mind playing for us again!!!

    He is a good player, one who has improved over the past few years, but he disrespected the fans, the club and he is $hit scared of Shearer!

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  • FootballPsycho

    Apr 6, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #6

    I posted this on another article but I’m posting it here cos I want to know what people think:

    how about daniel de ridder? he is a QUALITY player and he would come pretty cheap and also a great signing for left back would/could be ricardo gardner from bolton he is a quality full back and would provide not only competition for enrique but due to his experience could help bring him on even further ive always rated him and de ridder and have never understood why de ridder has never been mentioned as a transfer target as he would provide us with the skills flair and creativity we so desperately need and he fits in with ashleys policy of under 26 and his wages would be cheap

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 6, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #7

    TheShadow i hope you aint talking about the same bellars, that took the piss with texts to shearer, after we lost the fa cup final mate.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 6, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #8

    The same bellars that attacks 1 of his teammates with a golf club, and assaults women at nightclubs.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 6, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #9

    The same bellars that could cause a fight in an empty room no thanks mate.We don’t need that little rat in the dressing room causing trouble.No boat rockers please TheShadow

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  • seetow1

    Apr 6, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #10

    the shadow, how about bringing in jermaine jenas and kieron dyer as well? we’d be a first class team full of thugs, crocks and goldfish

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 6, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Away ED sorry for going off topic there.Think Chris had done a great job for us this season,hes a very modest man and a great man motivator.Going to be a great summer and expect some good banter over the players we might be bring in over the next few months in the web blog.Think Chris already has in his mind who he wants to sign for next season and don’t think we will know about who we are signing til the deal happens,as Chris seems to like to keep his cards close to his chest, and long may that continue.Like all Newcastle fans i have a wish list of players i would like to see at the club.Maybe fun to do a blog with a wish list of 5 players and see how many players we sign are on there wish list,maybe bring it back just before the season starts and see who was right.

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