Paul Gascoigne has today talked about his former Spurs’ team-mate Chris Hughton.
Paul Gascoigne – Hughton has done good job on Tyneside
Paul has today backed Hughton to further succeed at Newcastle, and at least before the Blackpool game, Newcastle had started the season in good style.
But then a major hiccup on Saturday has got the Geordie fans worried that if the lads cannot beat the relegation favorites at home, we may be in trouble this season.
Paul talked about Chris to the Evening Chronicle today:
“He has done really well since taking over.” “He knows what he is doing and did well to take Newcastle up.” “Chris had a good start to the season and the team are scoring goals too.” “He just needs money to spend, like any manager.”
“You can judge him on results, but he has done it with not much money and is still getting results, so it proves even more what a great manager he is.” “Good luck to him.”
“They cannot get in the position again as they did when they were relegated – it was unbelievable, but I don’t think they will.” “I know teams who come up get the TV money, but it is up to them to spend it.”
Gazza also feels that Chris, and the other Premier League managers, have one of the toughest jobs in football, and of course it’s never easy being the Newcastle United manager, where you are always just two successive defeats away from a crisis.
“Club management is harder because you are under pressure week-in, week-out. England is different because you play once a month.” “It is horrific for the club managers under that pressure every week, though.”
“It is hard for the players performing in front of the big crowd every other week.” “If Newcastle reached the top 10 it would be fantastic, but there is a lot of work to do.” “It depends on how the team settle down, and the success of the new boys.”
“Chris has not spent much but some teams, like Manchester City, have spent unbelievable amounts.” “That is what Newcastle are up against.”
Manchester City may have spent ridiculous amounts of money, but Blackburn last Saturday showed they were their equal, with a 1-1 draw, thanks to one of the softest goals last weekend, when Joe Hart and Kolo Toure left the ball to each other 8 yards out of the penalty area, and Nikola Kalinic put the ball into the empty net. How embarrassing.
The clubs that spend big money often find it difficult to build a team, rather than ending up with a collection of very good players.
That’s one reason Real Madrid have performed so poorly over the last several years, but that will now change with the great Jose Mourinho in charge, although it may take him a season or two to get the famous Spanish Club back on their winning ways in Europe.
There again, in a season or two, if all goes well at Newcastle, as we expect it to, the Magpies may well have a more than decent side playing on Tyneside.
We hope so anyway.