Newcastle manager Chris Hughton expects a tough game against Everton at Goodison on Saturday, and he’s right about that.
David Moyes – the Scot has done wonders at Everton
The Toffees have started the campaign badly, with just a couple of points from their first 4 games, and they were a little lucky to pick up a point at Goodison last weekend, when they amazingly scored two goals in injury time to get a 3-3 draw with the Red Devils.
Everton’s form will no doubt improve, but as we’ve said before, this may be a good time to meet Everton away, when they don’t seem to be operating on all cylinders.
Chris Hughton talked about Everton today:
“This is a very tough game,” “They are a very well-balanced team with great quality, and I’ve heard David Moyes say on numerous occasions this season how happy he is with the squad that he’s got.”
“They’re a side that’s used to being in the top group of teams in this division and it’s very much where I expect them to be come the end of the season.”
We think Everton are an excellent side, and great credit has to go to David Moyes for the tremendous job he’s done on Merseyside, with very little money available to him over these last eight years, but that’s the sign of a great coach when he can build a team like David has.
The great Sir Bobby Robson did it at Ipswich, and if you are a really good coach you don’t always need a lot of money to spend, to build a more than decent side. Yes – it helps, we know that, but we’re not too sure of these managers who want stacks of money to spend before they will take the job.
And unfortunately we’ve noticed Alan Shearer seems only willing to take a manager job, if the investment is there, but we think Alan would be well advised to take a job to learn the coaching skills, like Bobby Robson did at Ipswich and David Moyes has done at both Preston and Everton.
Alan would be much better off as a coach by doing that, and experience having to get the very best out of what you have available – after all isn’t that the definition of coaching?
Chris Hughton expects Everton to finish high up in the league by the end of the season, and of course they will have gained some confidence from the unlikely 3-3 draw they got against Manchester United last Saturday.
“You expect that from an Everton side with the quality that they’ve got, and I don’t think this is the first season they’ve, by their own admission, started slowly,”
“But we have watched the games – of course, a tremendous comeback against Manchester United which showed the quality which they’ve got in the side, but what it also shows is the options they’ve got in the squad.”
“They can play their game in different types of ways. They’re a team that you expect to gather momentum, and we’ve got to be mindful of that .”
No doubt that Everton are a strong side, and it will be up to Newcastle to play at or near their best, if they are to get points out of this game on Saturday, but rather surprisingly we are fairly upbeat – for some reason – that Newcastle can get at least a point come Saturday evening.
You never know with Newcastle, and after a terrible surprise on the downside, they usually follow that up with a surprise on the upside, but we’ll have to wait and see which Newcastle team turns up at Goodison Park at the weekend.