Peter Lovenkrands was a little unlucky not to make the Danish side for this summer’s World Cup, especially when we saw the strikers they did have, who couldn’t seem to punch themselves out of a paper bag.
Peter Lovenkrands – former Rangers and Schalke 04 striker
Peter talked about his manager, Chris Hughton today to the Evening Chronicle:
“I’m sure a coach who can go through the Championship, and win as comfortably as he (Hughton) did, can do really well in the Premier League.” “He had a lot to deal with behind the scenes last season, and he did a tremendous job.”
Certainly the people who really know what management is about – the top managers paid tribute to the Newcastle boss, in his very first season in charge as a manager.
Harry Redknapp, Martin Jol and Arsene Wenger all said that Chris did just great for Newcastle last season, and of course Chris fully deserved the League Managers’ Association Championship manager of the year award.
“He deserved all the credit he got.” “He’s calm, and took everything in his stride.” “He expects a lot from the players, and we expect a lot from him.”
“It’s all about teamwork and team bonding. Chris knows all about that, and I think everyone has a really good connection.” “It’s been great. The boys are really up for it.”
“There’s the same kind of attitude as last year.” “The boys really want to get started. We want to enjoy ourselves as well.”
“We’re working towards the Carlisle game, and the boys are looking forward to getting out there.”
Certainly in the dressing room when things were tough last season, Chris apparently was relaxed and seemed to know exactly what to tell his players.
Of course he’s been through it all before, and has immense experience from his 13 seasons of coaching at Tottenham, where he coached under some top managers, and that valuable experience certainly showed last season.
Whether he can make the jump from great coach to a great manager, we don’t know, but he could hardly have gotten off to a better start to his management career than his performance at Newcastle last season.
We are hoping (and praying) Chris can continue where he left off last season.
Howay The Lads!!