Chris Hughton has one of the best work ethics we have seen in anybody, and Newcastle fans can be certain that his team will in no way tail off towards the end of the season.
Chris Hughton – concentrating on remaining games and transfers
Chris talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning and it’s clear his number one target this season is to win the league:
“The fact we now know which division we are going to be in does give us a big head start.”“We are fresh off the back of having gained promotion, but what getting promotion early does do is to give us more time.”
“I would expect to sit down with Mike (Ashley) and Derek (Llambias) at some stage soon.”
“The focus is on winning this next group of games and winning the title, but it does give us the chance to sit down and plan for next season before some others.”
“It gives us a chance to avoid the uncertainty we had last summer.” “The only conversation I have had with Mike and Derek so far has been about the good feeling and congratulations we have gained promotion.”
“What will happen over a period of time is that I will sit down with Mike – and perhaps more so with Derek – and plan for the forthcoming season.”
We have to think that Chris has already sorted out the players he would like to get into Newcastle this summer, and will be all ready for his talks with Mike Ashley and Kevin Llambias.
And Hughton has received many calls of congratulations from various people in the football world including, as we would have expected, a born and bred Newcastle fan, Alan Shearer, who would be celebrating just like the rest of us on Monday night.
Yes, we know some will question whether Alan is really human, if you’ve watched some of the goals this man scored in his career – he was unbelievable. 😀
And as you may expect, lots of agents have been touting their players to Chris, so presumably he’ll know all about the free agents that will be available this summer.
“Yes, the agents have started to call me already, but then that is their job.”
“The first possible chance they will see to push players on you and make you aware their players are available is when you get promotion.”
“So yes, the agents have been on already – I would expect that to be the case for some time now.”
Hughton also has some decisions to be made about who he will let go in the summer, but that’s turning out to be fairly easy.
He’ll let Fabrice Pancrate, Fitz Hall, Nicky Butt and Kazenga LuaLua move on.
The only question we have is if Nicky Butt wants to stay at Newcastle as a coach, since he’s already said that’s what he wants to do when he retires.
But it could be that Blackburn and other clubs could come in for him during the summer and offer him a one year playing contract, but we’d be pleased to see him stay at Newcastle as a coach. He’s a straight forward good guy.