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.
“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!!