Newcastle now have an unlikely manager, who shies away from publicity and praise, and continually deflects it to the players.
Chris Hughton – miracle man!
Well, it looks like today that the “player committee” of four of our most senior players, Alan Smith, Steve Harper, Kevin Nolan and Nicky Butt, who have worked so closely with the manager and his assistant, Colin Calderwood, in what has turned out to be a magical season, have come out today with all guns blasting – in support and praise of Chris.
The player quartet have paid tribute to the man they believe deserves the full credit for this season’s success.
Alan Smith was first in line to pay tribute to Hughton today:
“Massive credit must go to Chris for our success.”
“It’s a job that a lot of people might not have wanted to take, because of the situation we were in and the expectation from within – because we knew we had the players.”
“We knew we had the characters but it was about putting it all together.”
“But thankfully we’re now back in the Premier League and Chris and his staff deserve a great deal of praise for that.”
Goalkeeper Steve Harper, who’s had a terrific season in goal for Newcastle with 21 clean sheets in the league – a new club record – also chimed in with his praise for the rookie Newcastle manager:
“Chris Hughton has united a bunch of players, a team, a staff, a club, a bunch of fans and deserves a massive amount of credit.”
“Along with Colin Calderwood and Paul Barron they deserve credit for what they have done this season because they have made it easier for us on the pitch by picking the teams and doing their jobs.
“Chris came in last summer and went about his job with tremendous dignity and professionalism and promotion and the title are the rewards which he and everyone at this club deserves.”
And Kevin Nolan, probably our best player this season, and seemingly the new face and voice of Newcastle United FC, who has 18 goals and must now be considered a Liverpool Geordie added:
“Chris has been absolutely fantastic.” “From day one he had the respect of the players and that has shown by what we’ve done on the pitch.”
“There have been one or two difficult times, yes, but the manager never panicked and stuck by us.”
“I’m delighted for him especially because he deserves this success for all of the hard work he’s put in to getting us back into the Premier League.”
And finally club captain Nicky Butt, who has played only intermittently this season, but has been a huge presence off the field and in the dressing room said:
“Chris has done a fantastic job and all of the lads admire him for that.”
“It wouldn’t have been easy taking over last summer considering all that had gone on, but he came in and united the squad.
“That has led to promotion and he deserves a great deal of credit.”
It’s been such a huge season for the club, it’s hard to know what to add to that.
Chris Hughton deserves all the plaudits for what he’s done for the Newcastle United club this season, which was on its knees when he assumed control back on 1st July last year.
And for those local fans who are lucky enough to attend Saturday’s game, please make sure you let Chris know what this fantastic season means to the thousands and thousands of Newcastle fans who are situated all over the world and away from the home base.
He’s brought back the pride to the Newcastle United Football Club in just a short 10 months – and that to us is a miracle.
Well done Chris Hughton. 😀