Newcastle Are Now Back Where They Belong


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!!


3 comments so far

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 24, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #1

    No worries lads. Chris will do an excellent job next year and keep us up. I think he relied heavy on experienced players this year because that’s what the situation called for. He played kadar quite a bit and ranger was getting some playing time until the rumors starting coming out about his behavior. I think if we have youngsters who are good enough to play then chris will play. Some of yall amaze me. We just won the soda pop league and auto promotion. Went undefeated at home for the first time in 103 years. We had arguably the best january transfer market we have had in years. The dressing room is united and for the first time in a long time all is well in the toon. Yet to hear it from some of yall on nufc blog the last few days the sky is falling! Give chris a chance to do his job. This man bleeds black and white now. He will spill his guts to make newcastle succesful and i believe we will be. It will take a few years to get us where we need to be but if anybody can do it its hughton. Why do you think the top clubs are succesful. They don’t go through managers like cigerettes. Man U as much as i dislike them have sir alex and stability. Granted eventually they will crash and burn but for years they have been stable and succesful. Newcastle have been the opposite and not been very succesful. So be patient and give chris a chance and hopefully he will be our sir alex, cuz before sir alex was sir alex he was just alex and before sir bobby robson (God rest his soul) was sir bobby he was just bobby. Maybe one day we can look back on sir chris! (what, i can dream)…..

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  • UTD111

    Apr 25, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #2

    And now the fun begins!

    One thing looks fairly certain – Hughton understands how to defend, and in the absence of Keegan-standard players in attack, that will be important next season…

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  • liam85

    Apr 25, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Sgt. Heagerty – You just saidexactly how I feel.
    I’m happy to give Chris a chance (as should be everyone after what he done for us this year).
    I can see ourselves being a big club, in the top half of the table but not for a few years. Thing like this do take time.
    And the way Chris ran the club this season I can’t see him messing next season up. yeah we will loose games but we should win a lot more than we did last season.
    I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence but Chris got some really good players in this season and that really helped.
    I’ve loved watching Wayne Routledge this season, he’s really had the heart to play for this club and gave it all he got..
    Fingers crossed, Newcastle Utd could go back to some good times..
    It’s like being in the championship and going back up now has given the team a kick up the arse which had been needed for a long time.

    We’re Going Up 😉

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