Many Newcastle fans are starting to wonder just how well Chris Hughton can do next season, when he will be up against some top-class managers and teams.
Newcastle fans just love this quiet unassuming gentleman
Chris did not do well in his two stints last season as the caretaker manager, and apart from the 3-2 win at West Brom, didn’t win a single game.
And Joe Kinnear had really prepared the side for that game at the Hawthorns, before he took ill with heart problems, no doubt with the significant strain of trying to keep Newcastle in the Premiership.
The positive side of things is once Chris has been put in full control this season, he has been able to meld the team together both in the dressing room and on the field.
Having been a backup for 14 years at Tottenham and Newcastle, the 51 year-old reminds us a lot of Liverpool’s great Bob Paisley.
Bob had been at the Liverpool club for 35 years as a player, coach and assistant manager, before he took over the club in 1974, when Bill Shankly surprisingly resigned, , and Bob became Liverpool’s most successful manager ever.
We are hoping that Chris is similar to Bob. 😀
Certainly Chris Hughton has made a terrific start to management, and yes we know it’s only the second division in England, but go back to the mess the London-born manager took over last July 1st, and there”s a very good case to be made that he has saved the Newcastle club this season.
One of the things he and Colin Calderwood have managed to do – which has to be positive for next season – is that he’s made the Newcastle side very professional – and they want to win every game, and take nothing for granted.
With players like Harper, Enrique, Taylor(S), Barton, Smith. Gutierrez, Lovenkrands. Coloccini and Ameobi in the squad, who have spent all their careers at the highest level, we have to think we have a solid basis for next season.
Four good players in the summer to replace Fitz Hall, Nicky Butt, Fabrice Pancrate and Kazenga LuaLua should make the squad even stronger.
We’re not getting carried away – really, but if Chris turns out to be anything at all like Bob Paisley, we may be in for one or two positive surprises next season and in the future.
A really successful return to the Premiership is if we can stay out of relegation trouble and finish mid-table next season.
That’s the next step in Newcastle’s progression back to our former greatness.