Chris Hughton has talked today about the feelgood factor that is persuasive on Tyneside right now, even though those doom and gloomers are never too far away – as we all know.
Chris Hughton – feelgood factor back on Tyneside
Chris talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I certainly hope we are a better team than we were when we last played Manchester United,” “What we have had is a very successful team and from that there’s a feelgood factor.”
“There’s a feelgood factor in the city regarding us going back to the Premier League. We know we’ve lost a lot of proven internationals from the last time we were here. But as I said, we’re still hoping to add players.”
“And, what we do have that is different to two years ago, is players who have improved and developed over the last year. We just hope we can take that into the Premier League.”
We’ve said often that we didn’t think Chris has received the credit he deserves for getting Newcastle promoted last season, and it was nice to hear Sir Alex Ferguson say yesterday that Chris deserved the credit for getting the Magpies straight back up in their very first season down below.
Of course the football passion that has always ruled on Tyneside, also helped in the cause last season, and will help this season too.
Chris is an enormously positive guy, although rather shy and withdrawn too.
But it’s not surprising that Chris has already thrown himself head long into the work to make Newcastle safe next term, and seems to be just relishing the very significant challenge that lies ahead, as he prepares his team against one of the greatest ever football managers in Sir Alex Ferguson.
“It’s always a real pleasure to be in his company full stop.” “Whether you’re with him as a manager, or as an assistant, or you’re just in his company, it’s a great pleasure. He’s one of the greats.”
“We look at Sir Bobby and what he did for this football club: Sir Alex is at that level and has that aura about him. It’s a wonderful experience.”
“For me, though, it’s not about meeting Sir Alex or pitting my wits against Manchester United on Monday.” “The really wonderful thing is to have got this club back in the big division and to be managing this club.”
Sir Alex Ferguson greatly admired Sir Bobby Robson, and indeed it was Bobby who is said to have convinced Alex not to retire at 60, but to carry on.
We also know that Chris Hughton admires Bobby Robson greatly too, and he has a picture of the great man in his office at the Benton training headquarters.
Chris cannot go far wrong if he is guided by Bobby from up above – and you know – if that is at all possible we know Bobby will be helping Chris in his preparation for next season, right now. 😀
Come to think of it – maybe he was even helping Chris last season!
Howay The Lads!!