Momentum So Important For Newcastle In Premier League

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? 😀

6 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1


  • Dennis Twice

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2


  • Young_Mag

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    He seems to be a wise one in the transfer market, I rekon we need RB LB AM WINGER ST!

  • howay man

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4


    best 1 million hopeless. not good enough in championship.

    butt too old, out of contract. Thanks for the 6 years of service but its time to go.

    pancrate not good enough. The goal will be remembered but as will your inablility to cross the ball.

    xisco 2-3 million wages are too high. good ridance.


    per skjelbred 6-7 million toon supporter, real talent and our best shot of getting a top player in the summer. Replacement for butt.

    nadir belhadj 1-2 million, great competition for full backs. With portsmouth down he is sure to move on.

    sebastien larsson free , would give us another dimension to our midfield. Replacement for pancrate.

    anthony stokes 2-3 million. great player Ive seen allot of Hibs this season and this young lad should be taken a look at. Former black cat however he came through the ranks at arsenal. Replacement for best.

    what do yaz reckon?

  • Chris G

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Is momentum really so important? Won’t the players lose a bit of momentum anyway at the end of the season, when they all go off for a well-earned break?

    When we line up next season against the likes of Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal etc, what difference would it make whether or not we won all of our last few games in the CCC?

    Surely this is the time to give a few of the younger players a taste of the action – with Tim Krul in goal, for example!

  • Chris G

    Apr 16, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Good shout, howay man

    I agree with all the ‘outs’ and the ‘ins’ look pretty good too. Anthony Stokes was a new name to me, so I checked on the web and noticed that he’s been nominated for the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year Award:

    Nice one 😉


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