Manchester United legendary manager Alex Ferguson was speaking today before the Premier League kick-off for his side against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Monday night.
Sir Alex Ferrguson – give Chris Hughton some credit
And Alex has said he was surprised how quickly Newcastle United came back to the top flight of English football, following their relegation fifteen months ago, and he says you have to give new manager Chris Hughton credit for that.
This is what Sir Alex said today:
“I didn’t expect Newcastle to come back so quickly.” “You could sense there was going to be an upheaval in terms of players leaving and they did sell quite a few.”
“It is not easy to go down and come back at the first go. Very few teams have done that over the years.” “But you have to give Chris Hughton credit.”
“He wasn’t everyone’s choice as manager but he dealt with all the financial constraints Newcastle had last season and still got all his players playing for him.”
“And with their fanatical support, they had a big advantage.”
Good words from Alex, and they happen to be true too.
We have always thought that Chris hasn’t been given the credit he deserves for what he has done these last 13 months or so at the Newcastle club.
And whatever happens to his Newcastle management career from now on, we’ll always remember the tremendous job he did for the Newcastle United club last season – nothing can ever take that away from him.
Chris is in Newcastle United’s history books now – whether he likes it or not.
And now we have to spoil the party for the Red Devils on Monday night by stealing at least a point at Old Trafford.
And despite those doom and gloomers, who will always be around, if Newcastle can play at their fighting best, and Manchester United have a little bit of an off day (or should that be night?), then we could do it – anything is possible in football after all – even a Newcastle draw (or win?) at Old Trafford.
Howay The Lads!!