Tommy Wright played 73 times for Newcastle United as their goalkeeper from 1988 until 1993, and then Tommy came back for Bobby Robson on emergency loan for a month in 1999 and played 3 more solid games for the Newcastle club.
Chris Hughton – performed miracles at Newcastle last season
Tommy was a Shamrock Rovers coach last summer when a supposedly disjointed and demoralized Newcastle group landed in Dublin for pre-season training last July.
And as we all know the gossip media were in full swing predicting another Leeds United downfall – and forecasting Newcastle would soon drop down to League One – and were they in full swing or were they in full swing?
And just how wrong those b*****ds were – excuse my French.
Tommy Wright told the Evening Chronicle today:
“They arrived here in total disarray as a club and on the wave of a load of negative publicity for things going on off the field.”“At that stage I have to say it didn’t look too good for them.”
“But the players will argue they had a job to do. And they went away and did it.”
“They didn’t panic about the pre-season even though they lost very heavily at Leyton Orient.” “That goes to show that you never should worry about pre-season results.”
Wright is now manager of Irish Premiership club Lisburn Distillery, and just like the rest of us, the former Newcastle goalkeeper was delighted to see the famous Tyneside club do so brilliantly last season – against all the odds.
And it was even against the forecasts of those football experts – the ones who usually haven’t got a clue – let’s face it.
Chris Hughton showed last season he has guts galore, and also brought that aspect out of his Newcastle players too.
“They’ve gone up and they’ve gone up in style.” “They never looked too uncomfortable in a league in which a lot of people thought they’d struggle. They didn’t really have a blip.”
“But that’s where you have got to give a bit of credit to the players that did stay and fight on, and to Chris Hughton too” “They are back where they belong as far as football is concerned.”
“It’s been a satisfying season for the fans, and they’ve done what a lot of people said they wouldn’t – bounce back at the first attempt, which a lot of teams find very difficult.”
When you look closely at the mess Chris Hughton took over on July 1st – last season just had to go down as the Miracle On Tyneside.
And yes, we know it will all be explained away by those same football experts who were predicting Newcastle’s demise before the season even started – and once again they will be writing a load of tripe.
Ever notice how they keep doing that?
Howay The Lads!!