Chris Hughton must have given many many interviews on Monday night and again during the day yesterday, as the dream of promotion was realized with still 5 games to play in the Championship.
Hughton and Calderwood – big challenge nest season
After promotion on Monday night, former Ireland manager Jack Charlton, Newcastle chairman Derek Llambias and owner Mike Ashley all talked about what a great job Chris had done at the Newcastle club this season.
But the seemingly overwhelmed Hughton deflected all praise to his team, and said it was the players who deserved the congratulations and not him:
“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 last 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! (Monday) – and lots of it.”
One of the particularly strong elements of the Newcastle team this season is that they are so much more professional and much tougher than last season, and we fully expect the lads to go all out and try to win every single remaining game this season. Reaching 100 points would be great!
Chris can tell the players that next season starts right now, and they will still need to grind out the results, which of course will be good practice for next season.
We’re sure Chris Hughton will prepare the players just as well as he has done all season, and once those 5 games are over and Newcastle win the league, we can all turn big time to strengthening the team this summer, which promises to be a very exciting time for Newcastle fans.
Howay The lads!!