Newcastle manager Chris Hughton talks today about why it is important for the team to keep winning this season.
Chris Hughton – next season will be tough
The Newcastle squad has turned into a professional bunch of players, and we have to assume a lot of that is because of the things Chris Hughton has been drumming into them all season.
And it seems every game they go into these days, they work out how to win, and do just that.
That’s a big improvement over last season, when if we went a goal behind, one or two of our players assumed it was another defeat coming up, and guess what – that’s usually how it ended up.
Funny how we often get to be right in this life.
Chris talked about maintaining the great run Newcastle are on, into next season:
“We know it is going to be tough next season but what you want to be able to do is go into a tough season with good momentum from the last season which is why it is important for us to go on right through to that last game,”
“The important thing for us is that we have, of course, secured that promotion place but it is about competition for places and keeping momentum going through to the end of the season.”
“We have other targets which are appropriate for this group of lads and what they have achieved this season.”
In one short season manager Hughton has worked hard to turn what he was left with last summer, into a strong squad, with players now in a fight to start.
You just have to look at who’s been on the bench recently – Barton, Butt, Smith, Ameobi and Best and others, to see that we have more than just a good starting eleven.
It’s hardly surprising that Hughton is going to give the current squad a chance to prove themselves next season, because after all, the majority of them have only played in the Premier League before this season.
We’d like to see four good players brought in, and as we said yesterday, it looks like Chris knows a bargain or two when he sees one.
We also have to hope that the scouring staff at the club, led by Graham Carr, have also done a thorough job up to this point.
And the fact there’s not much money available in the transfer market, compared to previous summers, which is being criticized by some of the fans, but that shouldn’t stop the club significantly improving the squad for next season’s mighty challenge.
We’re hoping we can, in any case – just like we were hoping and praying last July that we wouldn’t be facing a relegation challenge in the Championship.
Well that one turned out quite well, didn’t it? 😀