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.
Written from London, England.