Chris Hughton is under no illusions right now, just as he has been under no illusions all season, about the famous Newcastle United Football club he now manages.
The lads and Chris Hughton with the trophy this afternoon
And Chris said immediately following the game to Sky Sports News, that the real hard work starts now.
Newcastle equaled a 103 year-old record this afternoon, by finishing the season unbeaten at home, but the win was snatched from them in the very last minute of added time – otherwise the club would have broken the 100 points barrier and be on 101 points.
The Newcastle side now has 99 points from 45 games, with one last game left to play at QPR a week tomorrow.
Chris was asked if the hard work starts now and this is what he said:
“Not tonight it doesn’t, but we are back where this club wanted to be.” “We know, of course, it will be a very tough season because we are in a very, very tough league.”
“You have to look forward to it. As a manager, as a group of players, as a club, it’s where we want to be and we have worked very hard for it, so you have to look forward to it.”
Nicky Butt, the Newcastle club captain had confirmed that he would be leaving the Newcastle club this summer, and Hughton paid tribute to Nicky:
“We are delighted to have had him for the period of time we have had him. He is of an age where it gets more difficult, but he has always been a great servant to this club.”
Ipswich boss and former Sunderland manager Roy Keane said he was a little disappointed not to have won the game:
“We did well.”
“Obviously, we have to look at whether Newcastle were in holiday mode – maybe some of them were – but I am disappointed with a draw, so if we had lost the game, I would have been properly upset,”
“I thought we deserved it. We had the better of the chances and scored two good goals, but we gave a bad second goal away.” “But there were a lot of positives.”
We’re not as high as we were last Monday night, simply because we didn’t win the game, but on the other hand it would have been a bit of a disaster to have lost it, even though Ipswich equalized with almost the last kick of the game.
But that’s life and that’s football, and there are always ups and downs – and we can hardly complain about this season – and we won’t – because there have been so many positives about the new Newcastle United club.
Next season is going to be great, and we have to hope we can now hold our own in the best football league in the world.
If we can do that then surely some good times lie ahead for Newcastle United and their loyal fans.
Howay The Lads!!