Hughton seems to understand the game of football well, and he knows some of the tactics that were so successful last season in the Championship will just not work against the top sides in the English Premier League.
Chris Hughton – tactics will need to be spot on
And Chris says that some of the attacking prowess of last season may have to be curtailed if we are to get the points we need – well that doesn’t sound too good.
Chris talked to the Journal today:
“I think as a team having to be a bit smarter than we were last year in terms of tactics,” “There are things that we could get away with in the Championship last year that we won’t get away with this year.”
“Some of the teams we are playing against are just as formidable away from home as they are at home and we have to be aware of that.”
“What we were able to do last season was be very strong defensively. We scored a lot of goals but we were strong at the back. If possible, I want us to be even harder to beat this season.”
“We know that right through the season we will have to be spot on tactically. That will be the challenge throughout the season, for me as much as anyone.”
“It will be tougher in this division with the quality we’ll be up against but that is the challenge.” “We want to be able to go into every game giving ourselves chance to win and that means being right at the back.”
Hughton has strengthened the defense a little with new players Sol Campbell and James Perch, and Perch has looked good in pre-season, but is of course completely untested in the PL.
“It’s going to be a totally different challenge this year and we have to adapt. Tactically we’ll have to be different this year,”
“The most important thing is we’ve got to give ourselves every chance. We have to give ourselves a platform to build on – and that is at the back.”
“We’ll have to adapt maybe in different ways for different challenges and that will be a challenge for the squad – can they do that? We will certainly prepare the squad very well for those games and I’m sure they can.”
This upcoming season is a huge challenge for Hughton himself, and if he can get Newcastle safe from relegation by next May – he will have done a very good job indeed.
The tactics will need to be right, we agree with that, but let’s hope we are not going to park a bus in front of the goal – especially at home.
Howay The Lads!!