Newcastle Gaffer Looks Back On Almost Perfect Season


There really hasn’t been too much news on the Newcastle club this week, following the statement released by the club on Sunday night, which caused more confusion than anything else.

Newcastle duo Colin Calderwood and Chris Hughton

With the Newcastle players now departed on their summer hols, manager Chris Hughton is working hard on who to bring in during the summer, and he commented today on how well last season went – almost the perfect season.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“It’s certainly been a nice way to send them away.”

“We have achieved everything we set out to achieve at the start of the season. Could the season have gone any better? No.”

One way Newcastle could well do something big nexts eason, as well as surviving in the PL without needing a relegation fight is in the two Cup competitions, the Carling Cup and the FA Cup.

Last season Chris fielded weakened sides in the Carling Cup, and took the chance to start 6 teenagers in the 2-0 loss we suffered at Peterborough.

But quite honestly we were not too bothered because the only thing that mattered last season was for the club to gain promotion back to the Premiership and the lads did that.

Chris talked about the Cup competitions last season and admitted the emphasis had to be on the Championship and getting promoted:

“We went out of the cup competitions relatively early, but in the grand scheme of things of how the season has been, I don’t think that’s something we will regret too much.”

“The emphasis was always going to be on just getting promotion and the added bonus on top of that was winning the league, having the incredible home record we had and reaching over 100 points.”

“It couldn’t have gone any better for us.”

And Chris has waved goodbye to his players until they return on July 11th, and we expect England to have reached the finals of the World Cup at that time, and will probably play Argentina or maybe even Brazil. 😀

Hughton sent the lads off with their own personal  training briefs so that when they return, they will still be in good shape.

And they certainly deserve the almost two months break they will get after doing a magnificent job for the Newcastle club last season, and restoring the pride and dignity on Tyneside.

It was a grueling 46 game schedule with the lads winning 30 games and losing only 4 – and only one league game in the last 33 games – which was a fantastic record of success.

Chris continued:

“They deserve a good break and, hopefully, they will get their feet up and have a deserved rest.”

“The start of the season will quickly come round. Before we all know it we will be getting ready for pre-season.”

What Newcastle fans are looking for now is any hint as to who Newcastle may be after in the summer.

And of course before we get those hints, we’ll probably put out our own ideas about who could be a target – given we know there is not too much money available to spend this summer – and that the club may have to be satisfied with loan signings and free agents.

But Newcastle can still improve their squad this season, even if no money is available for transfers.

It’s upward and onward from now on.

Comments very welcome.



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14 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    May 14, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #1

    I am not being funny but that season is done and all this constant reflection is getting a little bit over the top..it’s like every day now.

    Get over it-start looking forwards and planning for life in the premiership please Chris.

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  • nightfa11

    May 14, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #2

    chris talks too much

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  • lesh

    May 14, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #3

    So CH and the lads achieved everything they set out to achieve at the start of the season?

    Promotion? Champions? 100 pts plus? Unbeaten at home – if they were the targets for the season, the bar was certainly set high!

    Let’s hope that Chris uses his loaf and sets low but positive targets for next otherwise he’ll be faced with a Mark Hughes-like situation and be crucified for ‘failure’.

    He deserves a holiday and as Tynemouth long-sands have received yet another accolade, a fortnight at the coast’d recharge his batteries…. and given the way the weather’s been, bring him down with bout of double pneumonia to boot!!

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  • lesh

    May 14, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Sirjason, nightfa11, come on give the guy a break.

    If you’d achieved what he’s achieved, you’d be as high as a kite as well.

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  • nightfa11

    May 14, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #5

    lesh – i’m just saying he’s giving the same interview every day for the past few months..

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  • lesh

    May 14, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #6

    From the football rumours site..

    14 May 2010 13:18:36
    Went to a talk in through week with a member of NUFC coaching staff and he openly admitted the following:

    NUFC IN:

    Vela (Loan)
    Fran Medria (Free)
    Wilshire (Loan)
    Curtis Davis (Free)
    Gamst Pedersen (Free)
    Macheda (Loan)
    Van Arnholt (Loan)

    Out:

    Ranger
    Pancrate
    Butt
    Best

    Newcastle United will spend a small amount of money on a Forward to play alongside Caroll however Harris Vuckic is likely to play a big part next year as he is thought of very highly at the club!

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  • lesh

    May 14, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #7

    He’s like a cat that got the cream and still licking its gob!

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  • nightfa11

    May 14, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #8

    do we really need vela & macheda? macheda is slow, techicaly nothing special, not really proven, awkward, but lucky. like toni was 10 years ago (started playing like a real striker at 27 or so)

    also: merida, wishire & pedersen? that’s 3 wingers. way too much if u ask me..

    as for anholt & curtis. curtis for free? not likely. and if we’d get both of them, that means kadar again wont play much.

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  • Newutd

    May 14, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #9

    “Went to a talk in through week with a member of NUFC coaching staff and he openly admitted the following:”

    Haha, of course.

    But to comment on the players mentioned:

    Vela – not really proven himself yet, but has loads of pace.

    Macheda – shitty attitude. Nah, don’t like him.

    Fran Merida – a technically gifted player, but not proven.

    Wilshire – denied by Hughton himself.

    Curtis Davies – chronically injured shoulder. No.

    Gamst Pedersen – I guess he could be a decent backup, but he hasn’t got a lot of pace, and he is most certainly not getting any younger..

    Van Aanholt – was really good for us, and would love for him to come back. Not really likely though as he is highly looked upon in Chelsea (as well).

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  • BT7MAG

    May 14, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #10

    sirjason and nightfa11

    I agree these interviews are becoming a bit repetative but at the end of the day, it’s probably because The Evening Chronicle, nufctv, sky, bbc, itv reporters all ask him the same questions…He’s hardlys gunna turn round and give a false answer to mix it up a bit is he?

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  • nightfa11

    May 14, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #11

    sure if he wants to talk..then so be it.. but no other manager talks as much &..i dont think we need that kind of attention..

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  • komfort

    May 14, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #12

    aye sirjason i’m sick of hearing him bleating on about the same old same old….it’s like listening to a broken record.

    ….listen hughton – start telling us how many new players you would like for next season & how you intend getting the money off the fat man too pay for them.

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  • WLtoon

    May 14, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #13

    i agree,but the poor bastard cant tell us bcos he does,nt have any,and knows he probably wont be getting any.

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  • hitman

    May 14, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #14

    hughton is ashleys puppet,he wont say owt to ashley

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