One of the worries Newcastle fans have this summer is that Chris Hughton’s record in the Premiership is not very good, having won only one game in the 10 games he was in charge during our relegation season.
Chris Hughton – a great shot of the Newcastle manager
And even that one wasn’t really a victory for Chris as it was the 3-2 win at West Brom a year last February when manager Joe Kinnear had been taken to hospital with chest pains that morning.
As it turned out Joe never returned to Newcastle and Alan Shearer also found it difficult to win and won only once (Middlesbrough at home 3-1 and what a win that was) in his 8 games in charge.
But to be fair to both Chris and Alan, it’s hard to come in and turn a side around, especially when they are not really your players, and to his great credit last season, Chris showed he could quickly build a squad with great team spirit.
Last season Chris lost only 4 games in the 46 Championship League games and only two in the five Cup games we had – so 6 total defeats in 51 games – not too bad at all.
And there’s no doubt that Chris is looking forward to next season in the Premiership, as he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It will be a proud moment.” “It’s a big challenge, and it will be an exciting time.”
“We’ve worked so hard to get there, and you don’t do that and then not look forward to it.”
“It’s what everyone wanted, and what we have to do is look forward to it more than fear it.”
And Hughton seems confident that Newcastle have at least a decent chance of finishing in a respectable Premier League position next year, as he continued:
“What we know is that the Premier League is a tough league.”
“What you have in the Premier League at the moment are the clubs regarded as mainstays, who are confident they’ll be there every year.”
“Then you’ve got a group of teams that fluctuate between fourth from bottom and 12th place.” “That is probably where it has changed.”
If Newcastle can finish anywhere near the middle of the league next season that would be great success.
But then we’d need to keep improving the squad next summer, but we suppose with our youngsters continuing to come through and signing some excellent free agents, we may be able to do exactly that.
We’ll just have to wait and see – but we’re still quite upbeat about our chances next season.