Chris Hughton has given a long interview with the News Of The World today as the Newcastle manager looks forward to kicking his team’s season off tomorrow night at Old Trafford.
Chris Hughton – tough challenges this season
Chris Hughton is one of the quiet man of football, but don’t equate that with any lack of steely determination in the Stratford, London born manager.
Chris showed last season that he was up to the many challenges that exist in managing the Newcastle club, and the 51 year-old was successful in forming a great team spirit at the club, and held the club together during the tough times which always come in every season.
This coming season will be no different, but Newcastle will lose a lot more than the four game they lost last season – that’s for sure.
And Chris has served his time in coaching having spent 13 years as coach and assistant manager at Tottenham before Kevin Keegan brought him to Newcastle in February of 2008. It seems he’s been at Newcastle for a decade – there’s just so much happened since he arrived on Tyneside.
Chris led the Newcastle side to a fantastic 102 points last seaosn and it’s hard to imagine that any manager could do much better in his very first season in charge.
Chris said the following to the NOTW:
“There is a bit in me that wants to prove everyone wrong,” “I feel we have enough to stay up.””Look at the start of last season, no one thought we would achieve what we did.” “People waited for us to fail. Did I think we would?”
“It was beyond my wildest dream to have done as well as we did.” “It really couldn’t have gone any better but I know it’s going to be a lot tougher now. It’s going to be a bigger challenge.”
“But of course, with any challenge, you want to prove the doubters wrong by hard work and achievement. I am somebody that has worked very hard over a football career to be in the position that I’m in.”
“When you get to that position the way I have, you want to do the best job you can and if that means proving some people wrong, then that is nice.” “I can’t wait to get my teeth into the challenge of facing Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti and managers of that caliber.”
There is little doubt that Hughton is gaining over the Newcastle fans by his common sense, down to earth approach – and his dealings in the transfer market are done where they should be – behind the scenes.
Of course the main measure of a manager is winning and getting those points, and for Chris it will be keeping the famous Magpies in the top flight next season – that’s all most Newcastle fans are asking of him this coming season – simple isn’t it?
Many Newcastle players have commented on Chris’ calm exterior, but they have confessed that when it’s necessary Chris can rip them up as good as anyone.
Chris was asked if that calm exterior ever slips and he answered:
“Oh yes. I’m a shouter and a bawler as well,” “I will make tough decisions, I will scream and shout if that has to be done.””They’re parts of the job you can’t avoid. What will happen is we will have more defeats than we had last season. It is about managing it and bouncing back.”
“It’s about not allowing that to affect the confidence too much and the belief we have.” “It’s trying to relay some of that to the support as well, that we will have tough periods, we will have the defeats, and arguably some heavy defeats.”
“But I am convinced that providing the supporters like what they see, regarding effort and a group of players having a go, they will be understanding.”
And we all know that there is not much money available from Mike Ashley this summer, as he tries to balance the books at the Newcastle club, but Mike continues to get significant criticism from those fans who believe he is taking too much of a risk by not investing more in the club this summer.
And Chris is very careful when asked if it’s been difficult coming back into the Premier League with very little money to spend on strengthening the squad:
“I don’t know if hard is the right word,” “You can bring in players who might not settle quickly, or players that are not the right players.”
“We have a squad that have worked very closely and very hard. We will gain something from the togetherness.” “Would I have liked to have added to the squad? Yes, but I am still hopeful.”
“It’s a precarious position I’m in but I’m not losing any sleep, yet!” “I realise the pressures that come with the job here. Managers lose their positions month after month.”
“The pressure is always there but I’d rather have that pressure coming into a Premier League season than anything else. I have always worked. I did a four-year apprenticeship as an engineer. Five days a week, training two nights a week.”
“It is important that I have seen the world outside football.” “It meant I had to do something. I worked hard at being an engineer. I worked hard to make it as a footballer.”
The Newcastle players are right behind Chris Hughton for the coming season, as are most of the very loyal Newcastle fan base, always a powerhouse for the famous Newcastle United side – and they will be simply delighted to survive the season.
It would be even better if we all don’t have to go through another relegation fight.