Hughton Looks Forward To New Premiership Challenge


Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was just delighted to have finished a magical season by winning at QPR this afternoon, and breaking the 100 point barrier in the Championship.

Chris Hughton – happy to break 100 point barrier

Chris has had a fantastic season and was pleased to have ended the campaign on 102 points, the second highest points total ever in the Championship.

After the 1-0 win at QPR the Newcastle gaffer was understandably very happy:

“It feels great,” “It was the least of our targets but an important one. We’ve achieved our three big targets – promotion, then winning the title and keeping our home record.”

“But we have a very competitive changing room and it will be wonderful for this group of lads to look back on.”

“It might be a different division to what this club is used to being in but it’s a very big achievement.”

Now the main goal for Chris over the summer is to keep his current squad of players, strengthen the squad by bringing in four or five suitable players, and establish Newcastle United back in the Premiership next season.

Chris continued:

“It’s a big club and a club that is used to being in the Premier League. But a good percentage of our supporters realise where we have been and it has to be about growing and developing as a team and as a club again.”

“So expectations maybe won’t be as big as they have been in the past. At this time we are enjoying being where we are. The big aim is to become a consistent member of the Premier League.”

“You can be encouraged by what Birmingham and Wolves have done this season. The big thing is going up and staying up. I do think we need to bring players in but I don’t see wholesale changes.”

Chris is right that expectations will not be too high for next season on Tyneside, and avoiding a relegation scrap is what we’ll all hope for.

Howay The Lads!!



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19 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    May 2, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #1

    11th to 15th with wins against the Mackems would do me fine.

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  • Edd Case

    May 2, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #2

    11th to 15th with wins against the Mackems would do me fine

    completely agree.

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  • yuwing

    May 2, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #3

    it would be great in 10th, in the middle:)

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  • Geordie_Pants

    May 2, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #4

    I would be content with survival, and i am not too fussed about a cup run.

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  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    May 2, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #5

    As long as we’re not scraping around the bottom, then I’ll be happy..

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  • BlacknWhiteBlood

    May 2, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #6

    17th and beat the mackems would be a great season.

    If we get the right players in who knows where we could finish. 5players are needed at the least, centre half, right back (maybe a left back too), attacking mid, winger and a striker

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  • baro

    May 2, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Great win we got! 🙂
    Does anybody have the match highlights?

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  • jimiley

    May 2, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #8

    It is great being a big team again. The wealth in the Premiership means we will never win the league, but who cares. Just having a shout in its destiny is enough for me. I feel sure we will win the cup one day because the top teams only play their best teams near in the final stages.
    I agree with CH that we do not need many additions to be mid table. I reckon we can get away with 10 million for a couple of quality players and some squad players. Maybe a few loan deals..
    Well done to CH and the team for a fantastic season. It was better than KKs 96 season because we won something at the end of it!!

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 2, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #9

    jimley- hear, hear brother

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  • Howay The Lads

    May 2, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #10

    We won something at the end of KK’s season. We had an open top bus parade through the city…

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  • henok

    May 2, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Well I don’t think chris is the beast guy for us but let’s see what he will do for at least 3 month

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  • tommyw

    May 2, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Was at the game today, great party atmosphere and another good win getting to 102 points – almost as good as last week at St James.

    Worrying signs this season how we have relied on the oppo wasting good chances – game after game we have given away possession and relied on a complete lack of cutting edge from Championship teams – even the mediocre prem teams will punish us heavily. QPR again today had the best of the game and chances.

    Leon Best was pathetic today, was terrible against Peterborough away in his last appearance. Clumsy big boats for feet, terrible touch, no balance so keeps falling over and has no anticipation so always a yard to slow and on his heels – complete waste of money. Should be sold now as cannot do a job at this level let alone next season – even if we can get 1.5m – he has served the purpose of adding competition for places in the second half of the season and thats all he is good for.

    We can only carry one striker next season for the bench and cup games and that will be Shola who in lazy but at least has decent control and can hold the ball up.

    Danny Simpson is not a starter at Prem level – if he had the potential to be top level Man Utd would not have let him go. Will be ok for backup but need a top level right back – i would be keen to bid for Faubert from West Ham.

    Williamson and Collo were excellent today, deserve there chance, along with S Taylor, who could play rightback next season as well.

    Smith did well in his holding role and Barton and Guthrie did try and distribute the ball and were industrious – all will need to raise there game 30% to compete next season.

    Just not sure without 4 to 5 quality additions we will have a prayer against probably the top ten sides in the premiership. Hopefully we get in a that quality and i’m proved wrong!!!

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  • jimiley

    May 2, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Tommyw
    Agree totally about Simpson. OK going forward but runs backwards quicker than a greyhound when the winger attacks him. He was not Man Us fifth chocie without reason.

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  • wickywoowoo

    May 2, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #14

    You are saying Danny Simpson is not good enough for us because Man Utd let him go?

    If we are lucky, we will be relegation candidates next season – what Man Utd thought of Simpson is of no relevance to a low level team such as us just now.

    Delusion returns yet again to the fans. Why do we never learn?

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  • jimiley

    May 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #15

    wickywoowoo
    I ams aying Simson is not good enough for the Premiership after watching him all seasonin the Championship. End of. He also happened to be Manure’s fifth choice which might indicate that they had their doubts about him as well.

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  • jimiley

    May 2, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #16

    wickywoowoo
    Talking of delusion, I might not rate our right back but I do not think we are a low level club who will be fighting relegation. Black kettles springs to mind.

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  • wickywoowoo

    May 2, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #17

    WE ARE low level. We just got promoted back into the Premiership – in Premiership terms, you don’t get much more low level.

    Unless you think we are more special than any other team who go up because of a big building people watch football in. We are lower than West Ham and Blackburn and the like until we finish higher than them in the table.

    To think otherwise because of a big stadium is deluded. That is fact.

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  • Robbanufc

    May 2, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Just a info: Jonas has been named in the starting 11 for their first game pre-WC! 😀

    Maradonnas only concern as it stands is wether to choose Tevez or Higuain as Messi’s partner up front! 😀

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  • Brewcastle

    May 3, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m happy with surviving in PL next season. But with the spirit Chris Hughton have brought in, it wouldn’t surprise much if they end in the upper middle of the table.

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