Nobody Getting Carried Away With Newcastle’s Good Start

It’s not the way of the man to get carried away – about anything.

Chris Hughton – down to earth manager

Cris Hughton is the type of manager, who if he ever won say the European Cup and was being interviewed on TV,  he would be telling everybody how difficult the next few games were going to be,  and how his players had to get ready for those games.

Yes, that’s a little bit of an exaggeration to be true, but it’s one of the qualities of the man that he has this great ability to get his team ready to face any other team, and he can get them ready for the weaker sides, which is probably the hardest thing for a manager to do.

That was true last year when Newcastle respected every side they played, and it will be true this season under Chris Hughton, and we’ll see that to it’s full effect against Blackpool at home, a week today.

We will be expected to beat Blackpool, but it will be by no means an easy game for Newcastle, and Chris knows that full well.

And although Hughton has been pleased with the way Newcastle have started back in the Premier League, he will not allow anyone to get carried away after just three games – we’ll have to remember that. 😀

Chris said today:

“It has been a good start to the season and we are pleased with how things have gone. We had a great result against Aston Villa and we stood up to a really tough examination at Wolves last weekend as well.”

“But it is very, very early days. We have played three games. We will have a better idea of where we stand when we have played 15 or 20. I’m certainly not getting carried away.”

“It was important we got off to a good start because of the confidence that brings and the realisation we can hold our own at this level, but it is only a start. There is a long way to go.”

After 13 seasons of coaching at Tottenham, and after being at Newcastle for 30 months (seems like years and years), in various capacities, including coach, assistant manager, caretaker manager, and now manager, Chris has a wealth of experience in coaching and managing players through all the ups and downs that take place in the course of a single season.

And he’s using that experience to great effect at Newcastle, as he continues to prepare his players for every game, and by Christmas we should know just how good a team we have at Newcastle, but as Chris rightly says, it’s early days right now.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • ginkoh

    Sep 4, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Couldn’t agree more with his word.

  • zHr

    Sep 4, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #2

    toon army hailed from malaysia

  • Doha Mag

    Sep 4, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #3

    CH is doing an excellent job at Newcastle United and hope Ash rewards the man with a decent wage increase and contract extension.

    We should beat Blackpool next weekend but will not be a 6-0 hammering like our previous home game!

    Well done CH; keep up the excellent work……

  • rkw

    Sep 4, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Sure, no reason to get carried away. Let’s keep cool heads about us. All of what you’d expect from a big club manager.

    If CH continues in this manner we won’t have anything to argue about, we’ll all just nod our heads and say hear hear, right right. I wouldn’t mind that a bit.

    No reason to get carried away indeed, but its a better than average start for a club that spent last year drinking CocaCola. I make no appologies for being extatic about the start we’re off too.

    My guess when The Seasiders come to toon is NUFC 3-1 BFC.

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 4, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #5

    I think this start is possibly a little bit in the way of mixed signals, if we had beaten villa by 1-0 we would be sitting about 13th and then would people still be going on about such a good start? I think maybe less so, after all we have only won 1 and drawn 1 game out of the first 3 which is the same as Black pool I think folks are getting excited because of the 6-0 score line and to be quite honest maybe rightly so. Some people were going on about the poor villa team but if you look at the results either side of that 6-0 you will see that villa are not playing too badly. I tend to think that NUFC were wound up for the first home game and it was their performance that made villa look bad.

    To get 4 points out of every 3 games would do just what we want and ensure survival and I personally think that if the team is able to carry on with this positive attitude to the next 3 or4 games we will have set a tone that will put others on the back foot and really help establish a very positive winning mental state.

    The times of the goals at 12, 31, 34, 67, 87, 90 mins showed that the team were not in the frame of mind to let up after going a couple up but pressed for the whole of the 90 mins which I am over the moon with. If we can keep up that never taking the foot of the gas regardless if we are goals up or goals down will make us very hard to beat

  • MacToon

    Sep 4, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #6

    I think some HAVE been getting carried away here with the start we’ve had, predicting a fantasy top 6 finish 😉

    Atleast CH is more methodical and dare I say realistic. He’s a hard worker, prepares well and doesn’t get carried away. I really really hope he continues to do well and continues to improve.

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 4, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #7

    You can add me to that list MT, I am hoping for exactly the same thing.

    Most things that happen fast generally dont last, good foundations are the way to go.

  • baro

    Sep 4, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Agree with Chris Hughton words but I really hope we continue our form.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #9

    baro@8: ‘… I really hope we continue our form….’

    Mr baro, your wish is granted – this extraordinary average opening three games of w1 d1 l1 will end up AS (WIBBLY WIBBLY screen TINKLY TINKLY music…)

    p38 w13 d12 l13 = 51 points (around 10th place on average)

    Not good enough for Europe, but well clear of the drop zone. Very average in other words. That’ll do me.


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