Name Of The Game For Newcastle This Season – Simply Survival

Today is a big day for Newcastle fans, as the lads take on the might of Manchester United at Old Trafford,  in their first Premier League game of the season.

Chris Hughton – it will be a tough season

Add to that the game is being televised live around the world, and it’s perhaps a fitting start to the campaign.

But we have no idea how the lads will do, and  in truth we are not expecting anything out of the game in terms of points, other than the lads giving everything they have and making it competitive.

The name of the game this season is survival, and most Newcastle fans want to see Newcastle still in the Premier League in a year’s time when next season kicks off.

Chris Hughton, the Newcastle manager for over a year now, has given an interview today in which he talks about survival and this is what he had to say:

“Some have spoken about survival and in some ways it’s not a nice word because when you’re going into a season you want to be optimistic. Survival is not a word that we like to use, but we are realistic to know it will be a very tough season,”

“We take great heart from what Wolves and Birmingham were able to do last season but we are realistic.” “The ultimate is to make sure that, come the end of the season, we are still in the Premier League.”

“I think that the problems that we had at the start of last season and in particular in the summer going into that division, made people reason that Newcastle is not where it was a few years ago. In some ways itt has helped, that expectation levels have dropped.”

Newcastle have had a torrid history over the last 15 years or so, and have had far too many managers in the time since Kevin Keegan left in January, 1997.

Newcastle also have  a very bad habit of sacking managers at the beginning of the season, and three that have left before the end of August that come to mind quickly in the last 12 years  are  Bobby Robson, Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit.

It’s probably the worst time to sack a manager, when everything is in place and the summer signings have largely been made.

But Chris Hughton has vast experience in coaching,  and served under eight different managers while at Tottenham, and he has done a tremendous job since he was placed in charge of Newcastle of steadying the ship, creating a great team spirit in the squad and getting the best out of his players.

Chris continued:

“I’ve never felt I have had anything to prove. For me it’s always been about doing the best job I can in the role that I’m in.”

“I think the experiences I had at my previous club has held me in good stead for the roles that I have had here, because what I got used to was adapting, filling in for a change of manager and holding the fort,”

We approach the game with excitement and just a little bit of trepidation,  having watched the Liverpool Arsenal game yesterday the game seems to be played at such a torrid pace – especially at the beginning – and the Newcastle players will have to be ready for a very quick start.

The very last thing we want to do tonight is to concede an early goal, and the longer we can keep it all square at Old Trafford the better we will be, and the more confidence the lads will get.

Here’s hoping for the very best tonight.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Aug 16, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    We all know we have a tough game tonight. We all know the disdvantages of playing away at Manky U – (1) we will not be awarded any deserved penalties because they are not “allowed” against Manky U; (2) there will be “Fergie Time” added especially if Manky U are not winning; not to mention the biased Sky commentary. In addition, despite Rooney’s opinion, Manky U are not a one man team. I think our lads will give a good account of themeselves. As we have proven before – Manky U can be beaten. Apologies for cynicism but still feel we can give them an upset tonight. Howay the lads.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 16, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    I think we should be tough to break down and as long as we hold our nerve and keep our heads then we should be able to restrict them to about 2-0, otherwise it could be another Chelsea vs West Brom score

  • G

    Aug 16, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Ha ha Ericles, a good, if somewhat disjointed view of current FA policy! Couple of things though, I doub’t we will ever spend enough time in thier box to even deserve, never mind be denied a penalty, and I also doubt very much that they will need ‘Fergie’ time!

  • G

    Aug 16, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #4

    I would go with post 2 in terms of scoreline. It has to be a damage limitation excercise for us. No point in trying to beat them, but we might just be able to frustrate them enough to do something stupid.

  • BarcelonaMag

    Aug 16, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #5

    I agree with the second post as well, but I’d like to see us score a goal and play a little bit of football, which I think we’re capable of. A 2-1 defeat with a goal from Andy Carroll and a few good individual performances would be something to take heart from.

  • henok ethiopian toon

    Aug 16, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #6

    chris will get sacked and we all know it …but i am positive we will get something out of this game which is we will start the season in 19th position

  • geordielad880

    Aug 16, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    I would personally go for:-






    But its pretty much certain hughton will go 4-5-1 with nolan off carroll, like he did in the rangers game, we created so little against them, cant see it improving against man utd, we played to many long balls from the back against rangers, especially second half, if your going to get the best from carroll we need to get down the wings and get crosses in, which is why i would play ryan taylor instead of perch, he is better at dead balls, and crossing, and i think set pieces etc will be our best chance of sneaking a goal

  • Darling27

    Aug 16, 2010 at 11:24 AM

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