Chris Hughton will manage his very first game in the Premier league tonight as Newcastle’s permanent manager as he sends in the troops against the great Manchester United and Alex Ferguson.
Sir Alex Ferguson – tough test tonight for Newcastle United
This is the last game of round one of the Premier League with Liverpool and Arsenal having played a 1-1 draw yesterday at Anfield and rest of the clubs playing their games on Saturday.
The delay has given both clubs a little bit of extra time following Wednesday’s internationals, and surprisingly, manager Chris Hughton believes facing Sir Alex Ferguson’s team should, if anything relax his team.
This is what Chris told the Newcastle Journal today:
“It’s a game nobody really expects us to win and most people don’t expect us to get anything out of,” “We’ve got to give a good impression of ourselves.”
“If you go there with too much fear the result becomes inevitable, but you can’t be too expansive or they will pick us off. If we sit back too much they will have too much time on the ball.”
“Our season won’t be based on a result on Monday, it will be based on a tough 38-game season,” “It’s important nobody gets carried away either way with the result. We’re realistic at our end that it’s going to be a tough season with highs and lows.”
“You’ve just got to make sure you get through the lows. How we play in this match is not the be-all and end-all. Once you start getting five games in, it’s how many points you’ve picked up then.”
One of Chris Hughton’s great strengths as a manager is that he is realistic and down to earth, and is also a very good coach, which he has proved over the last 15 years or so, and he seems to just live and love the game of football.
He will have the lads ready for tonight’s game, no doubt about that, but how long we can maintain parity tonight with one of the best club teams in the world is anybody’s guess, but we are quietly confident the Newcastle club can have a decent season back with the big boys.
It all depends on the spirit the lads show tonight, and it will be a big lift for Newcastle fans, if they show the fight and determination that got the club so easily promoted last season out of the Championship.
Howay The Lads!!