Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton just cannot wait for the start of the new season after the Premiership fixtures for the new season were released earlier today.
Hughton and Calderwood – very very tough first game
The newly promoted Newcastle side will begin their Premiership campaign next season with a a very tough trip to Manchester United.
Of course two years ago, when we also started at the Red Devils we were 1-0 up in the first half before getting a credible draw, which Manchester manager Alex Ferguson at the time said Newcastle thoroughly deserved.
Of course in those days Kevin Keegan was still the manager, and it was a couple of weeks before that earthquake in Newcastle erupted on September 1st.
That was when two players were brought into Newcastle by a certain Dennis Wise, Xisco and Gonzalez, and that was without Kevin’s knowledge or approval – and that was the start of Newcastle finally being relegated that season.
Newcastle’s current manager Chris Hughton knows it will be a tough game, but still seems confident as he said today:
“We had the same fixture two years ago and we got a good result on that occasion, but it is a very, very difficult first game and these are the things we have to cope with,”
“We are aware how difficult a league it is and if we look at the whole list it is even, as after a tough away trip there are games we hope to get something from.”
“You go into every game thinking and believing you can get something from it and that is how you have to set your stall out.”
“But there are target games and games that will be tougher than others, and in the league there probably will be three sections.”
“We know which ones we probably will be in and we know which games we need to get points from.”
That first game will probably causes a shudder with most Newcastle fans – but there again if we can get a decent result on that day, it will be a terrific start for the lads – and just what we need for our confidence.
Of course on the other side of things, the very last thing Newcastle fans want to happen in our first game back is to get creamed, and we all know Manchester United are a world-class club.
But it’s possible the lads can even get a result in that very first game on August 14th – and that would be just great.
Howay The Lads!!