There’s little doubt that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is the man of the moment on Tyneside at the moment.
Chris Hughton – a previous time he was this excited
Chris, like the good manager he is, was at Villa Park last night to give support to the Newcastle U-18 side, who are under the guidance of Joe Joyce, and were the better side last night in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup.
But the lads now have a wonderful chance of beating Villa at St. James’ Park a week tonight at St. James’ Park, to earn the right to meet Chelsea in the final.
And as you may expect Chris is both proud, happy and honored to have been able to bring Newcastle United back into the big time, at his first attempt, and in his first season as a manager.
Chris said today:
“I’m incredibly excited, but I am probably more excited that this club is back.”
“For me as a personal thing, it is a great pride and honour to be manager of this football club and taking it into the Premier League.”
“What is more important than that is that this club is back in the Premier League because it’s a club that we know will get 50,000, will take incredible support away from home.”
“And I think there are a lot of people who are happy to see us back in the Premier League.”
Expect Chris to be back in full control of his emotions when he next appears in the dugout tomorrow afternoon, although we expect a few smiles and waves to the crowd.
That lads are up against an in-form Blackpool side, who should offer Newcastle a good challenge. Blackpool have won their last 4 league games, two at home and two away, and are now just one place out of the playoff positions.
And of course Blackpool were the first team to beat Newcastle this season when they won 2-1 at Bloomfield Road.
But there’s one thing our players will not lack and that is confidence, and we would hope they can secure 3 points against the Seasiders.
Then essentially we need just one more win, because of our superior goal difference, to beat WBA to the title.