Chris Hughton Strategy For Success At Newcastle In Place

Chris Hughton is a pragmatic guy, who seems to think about  football all the time, and already has his overall strategy for next season worked out.

Chris Hughton – plans in place – but it will take a while

He said earlier this morning that his aim was to bring back European football, and to re-establish Newcastle United as a Premier League perennial – and hey – we are all for that.

But it will take a few seasons, but the way Chris is getting in some very good buys – like Routledge, Williamson, Simpson and Dan Gosling (soon – believe us), it looks like this Newcastle squad will constantly be improved at each transfer window.

Well – we hope so anyway.

It looks like Chris has studied the path of Wolves and Birmingham last season.

They finished first and second in the Championship the season before last, and both finished in respectable positions last season in the PL.

This is what Chris said today:

“At Birmingham and Wolves there were additions last season, but not dramatic,” “They weren’t so different to the squads the season before.” “Both attacked it differently, Birmingham got off to the better start and Wolves finished very, very strong.”

“The way to approach it is knowing where the games are where you’re more hopeful of getting results.” “We are in a division where the top eight teams are very strong and very competitive.”

“We’re realistic enough to know the games against the top teams will be very difficult home and away.” “But we also know there’s a group of teams we’re far more hopeful of getting results from home or away.”

So it looks like Chris will go all out to get maximum points from the bottom 12 sides or so, and we had said in the summer there’s no reason we couldn’t take 6 points out of teams like Blackpool, Wigan, West Brom, Blackburn, Bolton and the like.

But we also hope that Newcastle will try to get points in the tougher games, away at Old Trafford, Eastlands, Stamford Bridge, The Emirates, Anfield and other top clubs.

Points from those venues will give the lads tremendous confidence, and what we saw last season, the new Newcastle squad under Hughton and Calderwood, will not under-estimate any team next season, just like they didn’t last season, and treated them all with the utmost respect in footballing terms.

But we also have to hope they don’t over-estimate sides either, and go into the game expecting to lose.

That’s what the Newcastle side of 2008-2009 and look where that got us.

Comments welcome.

Written from London, England.

5 comments so far

  • G

    Jul 21, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Thems good fighting words there. I don’t mind a period of being a mediocre team, I just want there to be a light at the end of the tunnel, rather than some bugger with a lamp and more bad news!

  • Doha Mag

    Jul 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #2

    CH knows what we have to do; i.e. not lose against the bottom 10 sides and try and get the odd point off the top sides…..

    We can finish mid table with a little luck and no injuries next season!

  • AndyMac

    Jul 21, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #3

    The difference between us and Wolves last season was they (Wolves) were very much a Championship squad when they began their first season and suffered until the beginning of March.

    They were 2nd or 3rd favourites to go down for much of the season and in fact their best position in the PL last season was just at the end of the season with only Wigan and West Ham separating them from the bottom three.

    If Wolves, Blackpool and Wigan are in the PL then I’m happy we’ll survive.

  • chuck

    Jul 22, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #4

    As for Hughtons Strategy for success, i certainly wish him the best, the man has done a fantastic job considering the state of the club when the job was dumped on him.
    Instilled a to-getherness in the dressing room, success on the pitch and promotion , loosing only four games in the proccess.
    Quite an enviable record if one takes time to consider it.
    Hopefully he can get the best out of the present side and whatever newcomers we eventually sign, enough to survive relegation would satisfy me.
    But as he mentioned, that`s only good for one season, eventually the crowd will call for success and entertaining football, would`nt
    you ?
    Thats when the difficulty will arise, with Ashley
    not wanting to put out the required dosh, instead probably looking for a buyer.
    what`s to become of the club and CH then ?

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 22, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Austerity Billionaire Mike Ashley-Chris is grateful let him have his fun.
    Carroll number 9 is hilarious.
    Thanks Mike onwards and upwards.


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