Chris Hughton Waxes Lyrical About Newcastle United

Chris Hughton may not be the most communicative of Newcastle managers, but today he has shown clearly in an interview with the Newcastle Journal, that he understands about the Newcastle United Football Club, and he seems in awe of  being the manager at the famous football club.

Chris Hughton – and fans

Chris Hughton talked about what a very special club Newcastle United is – especially to the people of Newcastle:

“It is a special club, a very special place,” “The fact the stadium is bang in the center of the city says everything about what this club means. It is central to everything here. You won’t see that too many other places.”

“Even when they expanded the stadium it stayed where it was. Even in this era of planning permission it didn’t move. It dominates the skyline when you drive into the city, it is there looking over the city and it is the perfect symbol.”

“It is the focal point of the city and the focal point of people’s lives. It has a local support, even people who aren’t really interested in football know what is happening at Newcastle United.”

“People see it as their club. That’s why we have such fantastic support. It covers the whole life of the city, it’s such a big part of life up here and that grabs you. It is an alluring place.”

“When you think of Newcastle as a city you immediately think of the football club. There aren’t many places like that in the world let alone England. There are other wonderful assets to this city, but such a big part of city life is the football club. That is what makes it so special.”

“The fans want to see a winning team, but more than that they want to see a team which is giving everything it can to win. If you show that passion for the team they will take you to their heart.”

Chris was born and bred in Stratford, London but you would think he had been born and raised in Byker, Walker, Jesmond, Fenham, Benwell, or any other Newcastle district, after reading that.

In his 27 months at Newcastle, he’s learned all about the people on Tyneside, and seems to understand how and why the club is so important to the City, and why it is indeed a special football club.

No wonder he’s worked day and night since last July, and produced a mini-miracle on Tyneside,  and restored, in short order we may add – the pride and passion that is Newcastle United.

Just thanking Chris for that just doesn’t seem enough somehow.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • andoni

    May 4, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m from the Basque Country, and we’ll always have fond memories of Newcastle United. I remember the day that Newcastle played against Athletic de Bilbao in Bilbao. After the match both fans celebrated the game.
    That was the day I became Newcastle fan.


  • BT7MAG

    May 4, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Bit off topic andoni but I was reading about the Basque Country yesterday after a member of ETA went into hiding in Northern Ireland (where I live) before he was due to be extradited.

    It’s always good to meet fans from other countries and glad you had a good experience with our fans!

    As for Hughton, the relationship between fans and players/coaches at newcastle is a fairly simple one. Some players are immediately taken to (Oba, despite not scoring prolifically straight away was an instant hit) where as others earn their cult status – Colloccini is the perfect example of this.

    One thing is clear though, as Hughton said, if you give 100% you’ll always be applauded!

  • andoni

    May 4, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #3

    BT2MAG, I know it is, but it’s something i never tell to anyone. What i mean is that Newcastle United always has had good atmosphere.

  • Bucks mag

    May 4, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #4

    That was a perfect summation by Hughton. He really does get us.


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