Chris Hughton Not Sure What Lies Ahead For Newcastle

This season will be a monumental task for Chris Hughton to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League.

Chris Hughton – thinking on the positive side

But Chris was very successful last season, in his very first season in charge as a football manager, and he again is sticking to his guns, and being positive and upbeat about the season coming up.

Indeed, the Stratford, London born manager says there has been no talk whatsoever of relegation at the Tyneside club.

Chris Hughton told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“There has been no talk of relegation or avoiding relegation – absolutely none,”“That issue hasn’t come up in our discussions with the board. We almost don’t want to talk about negatives. I think it’s fair to say we want to be playing Premier League football next year.”

“We’re not quite sure what the season holds for us.”  “Some might be pleasantly surprised, some might be disappointed – we don’t know.” “When you hear others saying that the most important thing is we’re still in the Premier League I can understand where they’re coming from.”

“It is a daunting task to stay in the division and the standards have got higher. We’re amongst all of that and to be honest, we just don’t know what is ahead.”

Certainly the Newcastle players are determined to show what they can do for the  club, after the disaster that was relegation a year last May.

The lads stood up to be counted last year, and it paid off big time, but the same thing will be necessary this year, and if we can just stay in England’s top league, that will be success enough.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 13, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    You wouldnt expect there to be, dont think any club sits in pre season and says

    “Oh I think we are in for a relegation dogfight again”

    Goes without saying really.

  • Ericles

    Aug 13, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Have a funny feeling that a number of glory teams are going to feel a draught this season. As for NUFC – I believe we will suprise a few and not least the puerile pundits on the TV and in the press. We have 52,000 subs on call and thousands more ready and willing to get to the ground if called on. It will be tough but I think that the mentality is now on Tyneside to push for far more than we are being credited for by the opinionated wide-boys whose playing days are long over. Come on the Toon – time to puncture a few egos.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 13, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Villa may struggle without ONeil, especially if they sell Milner and Young.

    I think Everton may fall away a little this season too.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 13, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    My predictions for EPL
    Winners: Man Utd
    Runners up: Man City
    CL: Chelsea & Arsenal
    Europa C: Liverpool, Spurs & Everton
    Relegated: Blackpool, Wigan, WBA
    FAC: Man City
    LC: Everton
    NUFC to finish 16th with 46 points & hopefully above S*nderland.

  • Doha Mag

    Aug 13, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    It could be a struggle this season if we don’t sign a minimum of three more players; i.e. back up LB, and first team midfielder with flare and a goal scorer to play alongside Carroll.

    We could end up with Knighton, Weiss and Sturridge on loan to cover these much needed positions…..

  • henok ethiopian toon

    Aug 13, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #6

    wtf…we have the squad to finish top 10…most of our players were stars before 2 years ago…we only need one striker …a good striker


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