Chris Hughton has said today that he is fully aware of the expectations that exist at Newcastle for next season, back in the Premiership.
Chris Hughton – aware of expectations at Newcastle
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We will keep people’s feet on the ground from within the inner sanctum.” “I know what the expectations in Newcastle are outside of the squad.”
“The supporters are very passionate and there is an expectation level out there.” “We’re aware of that. It’s difficult to get away from, but that’s part of playing for Newcastle.”
“At all of the big clubs, there is a level of expectation.” “It’s no different here to what it was at Spurs.” “At Spurs we spent time in that top six, and once you are in there expectation gets higher. It’s natural.”
Hughton also talked, as he so often does, about Newcastle’s 12th man – the Newcastle United supporters, who were magnificent in their support of the team last season.
“One of the highlights of the season for me was how many away fans we took to the Championship grounds.”
“The home support, we know, has been outstanding, but the away support has been something to really look back on.”
Newcastle will need that support again next season, and we would expect the season ticket sales to be going quite briskly right now, although you never can tell, because there still exists some animosity towards owner Mike Ashley.
And the latest Newcastle statement on their financial situation at the club did not help in the least, and only caused mass confusion on Tyneside.