We didn’t expect Chris Hughton to relax one little bit since promotion was achieved one week ago today.
Chris Hughton – three targets for his players
And he’s not, as he get his players ready for the tough challenge at Reading tomorrow night.
He has given his team three targets for the remainder of the season.
This is what he told the Newcastle Journal today:
“There are still lots of targets for this team to achieve this season, and I would like to see us finish this season with real good momentum.”
“The priorities are first to secure promotion – which we have done – then to win the league and there will be lots of other targets which, if we were able to get to, will be wonderful to look back on.”
“It is all in the direction of winning this league at the moment. The next target is to win the league.”
“If we are able to do that sooner rather than later then good, but the players know they have to keep this focus through until the end.”
“What we do know is that everybody will be looking to see our body language and asking how are we. Are we are a team accepting we have gone up now and have nothing else to play for?”
“When you are a player for Newcastle in front of support like we have you are always going to be judged and you are always going to be a little more focused.”
There’s nothing like winning, and more wins through the end of the season will keep the players in the right frame of mind for when they return for pre-season training in July, fresh for a whole new challenge.
It will be a lot more difficult to win next season in the Premiership, but if we can take a winning mentality into next season, that should stand us in good stead.
And from some comments Chris made over the weekend he doesn’t seem like he will bring a lot of new players in over the summer, as long as he can keep those he has.
We see Pancrate, Hall, LuaLua and Butt not being at the club this summer, and at the very least we would think Chris would need bring in 4 new quality players to strengthen the squad with Jamie O’Hara of Tottenham looking to be one of them.