You can’t accuse Newcastle manager Chris Hughton of not being definitely upbeat about next season back in the Premier League.
Chris Hughton – confident about next season
Chris Hughton held an upbeat interview with Sky Sports News earlier this morning and he has talked to the local Evening Chronicle today about the tough first game at Manchester United:
“It is a tough opening game, but we will not be going anywhere next season with an inferiority complex – you just can’t afford to,”
“We will believe we can go anywhere and get points next season, and Old Trafford will be no different. We have to take confidence from the fact we went there two seasons ago and got a good point in that game.”
“Manchester United’s recent record doesn’t lie and, of course, they are a very good side, so we will have to be at our best. But the lads will be well-prepared and we’ll look forward to it.”
“I think it’s a pretty mixed opening to the season for us. Manchester United and Aston Villa are both in that top eight bracket but Blackpool and Wolves will be fighting further down the league,”
“We will want to get points on the board as early as possible and there are opportunities for us to do that in those opening games.”
Newcastle’s other opening games next season after the Red Devils are as follows:
Aug 21 – Aston Villa (h)
Aug28 – Wolverhampton (a)
Sep 11 – Blackpool (h)
Sep 18 – Everton (a)
Sep 25 – Stoke (h)
The three first games at home against Villa, Blackpool and Stoke City are all games Newcastle can win, although Aston Villa could be tough but we did beat them 2-0 at home in our relegations season.
We should also go into the away game at Wolves wanting a win – so there are game in which we can pick up points in the first six games.
Chris Hughton has said he is very satisfied with the league program Newcastle have been handed for next season – for our re-entry with the big boys:
“I think overall it is a pretty even fixture list. We have a tough finish with games against Liverpool and Chelsea, but there is no run of four or five games against exclusively teams that we expect to finish in the top eight,”
“There are probably only two back-to-back games against top, top teams – the first couple of games and then in December when we play Manchester City and Tottenham. Apart from that, it’s a nice mix.”
“I’m particularly happy for the supporters that we have got the first derby at home on October 30, and it’s pleasing that we’re at home on Boxing Day – the first time in nine years we’ve not been away at Christmas.”
Well we have to say that Chris seems very positive and upbeat about Newcastle’s chances next season. Of course his attitude, and that of our team, is so much better than it was in our relegation season.
All we need now is a few good results in those first six games or so – and we could do quite well next season.