You can never accuse Newcastle manager Chris Hughton of not being completely down to earth, with his feet firmly planted on the ground.
Chris Hughton – so down to earth
Hughton talked about the expectations that surround the Newcastle United club:
“It would be silly to say I can see us challenge in the next year or couple of years. I have to be realistic. One year ago we were plying out trade in a lower division. It has to be a growing progress.”
“We have to become a steady member of the top flight and at some stage push for cup finals and Europe and be where our supporters want us to be.”
“What is best for everyone is to get stability to the club. We achieved that last season. The periods when I needed support from the owner and the Chairman that support came.”
“We strengthened last Christmas. I could not have asked any more at that stage. We have stability. The next stage is to become a fixture in the Premier League.”
“Our fans want entertainment and have expectations. I have seen the wonderful teams and individuals we have had here in the past. I have to give the fans some kind of success.”
Great words from Chris – and we are becoming big admirers of this man.
And it’s good that Mike Ashley is supporting him and there is some money available this summer for transfers.
First of all Chris displays a fantastic work ethic, which seems to rub off on his players, and he even seems to have a good understanding of the expectations of Newcastle fans.
We just hope he can fulfill those expectations over the next few seasons, and if he can do that – that success couldn’t have happened to a better guy.
Written from Plymouth, England.