It’s going to be a busy but hopefully an enjoyable time for Newcastle hero Chris Hughton this summer.
Chris and Colin – the dynamic duo
Chris has got his first chance at being number one, after spending almost 13 years learning his trade as a football coach, and what he’s done this season could hardly have been better.
If anybody had said last summer that after 41 games, Newcastle would be on 89 points, having won 26 of their games, your mental state would have been questioned.
But that’s the unbelievable job Chris has done this season, with significant help from the rest of the coaches, and of course the players have been great – just great.
But of course we all know that Hughton is completely unproven at the highest levels, such as the very tough Premiership.
It could happen that we are just not good enough, but the general thinking and conventional wisdom is that Newcastle should be able to survive next season, given another good transfer window in the summer.
We probably will see about four players leave, and if we can bring in six players this summer, of Premiership League quality, we have to think we’ll be in good shape and our squad for once, should be big enough to overcome injuries and lack of form that happens to every club.
It helps that we already have a sturdy squad with new players who may do well at the top level, like Mike Williamson and Wayne Routledge.
It would also help if Chris can continue his good injury record by not risking players by bringing them back far too early after injury.
That’s an area that Chris has been very good at, and if we can do that next season, and not be top of the injury league – which we were at least the last 4 seasons in the PL, that should help us big time.
So we are quietly confident that Newcastle can do fairly well next season and if we can get anywhere near mid-table that would be success right there.