It seems that the Newcastle players are starting to take on the personality of the Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.
Danny Simpson – ready to fight for his place
Chris, as we all know, is a very down to earth guy, who rarely offers many excuses – for anything.
The result is the result and what happened – happened. Learn from what happened and move on to the next game – the last game is history.
That is a nutshell is the Chris Hughton football management philosophy – and a good one too.
Newcastle now seem over-loaded with players who are very good professionals, and just want to get the job done for the Tyneside club – and what a huge and pleasant change that is to some of the players we had when we were relegated just two seasons ago.
We’ll not even mention them but one – a former Newcastle captain no less – is quite happy to sit on the bench at Manchester United and pick up any medals the club can win for him, while saying to anybody who will listen – how good he still is.
How’s that for raw ambition?
Danny Simpson has missed the start of the season, and James Perch has taken the opportunity with both feet, and is trying to make the right-back spot his own – if he possibly can.
Simpson is planning to be back in about 6 weeks time, so he will have missed the important start to the season, but the 23 year-old shows great maturity today, as he says it’s now time for him to get his place back at the Newcastle club, and there can be no excuses.
And Danny seems well aware of the nay-sayers on Tyneside who have reservations about him as a Premier League class full-back.
Danny talked to the the Sunday Sun today.
“I know what people might be saying. Manchester United got rid of me, it didn’t work out at Blackburn. But I know what I can do,”
“In previous years if things haven’t gone my way, or I’ve had a dip in form, I’ve been able to say ‘Well, I’m a young player’ or it’s because I’m out on loan and my future’s up in the air.”
“Not this time, though – now there are no excuses at all.” “It’s time to establish myself in the Premier League as a Premier League right-back. I’ve done my growing up, I’ve made my mistakes on the field and I think I’ve learned from it.”
Danny has 41 appearances for Newcastle with one goal and in total has 121 first-class appearances with two goals, having also played for Royal Antwerp, Manchester United, Ipswich, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers.
There is growing competition for places at Newcastle and this will be one of them when Danny returns, as both James and Danny are good players, who are still improving. Competition for places is always good, because it brings out the best in our players, who want to keep their positions in the side.
Who will nail down the right-back is anybody’s guess, but we would say it will be neither of these two but probably Steven Taylor, when he comes back from injury, after hopefully signing his new improved contract at the club.
What do you think?