Chris Hughton has turned out to be a really cool character as manager of Newcastle United.
Chris Hughton – keeps his feet on the ground
He’s underwhelmed when Newcastle win big, such as the 6-0 win against Aston Villa, and talks about how the team must win the next game.
And then when we are surprisingly beaten, like against Blackpool, Chris is again underwhelmed and talks about how Newcastle must win their next game.
There’s something good about a manager who can keep things in that perspective, and always keeps his feet firmly on the ground.
And of course it’s far too early in the season to get down in the mouth at all about Newcastle’s performances, 7 points from 7 games isn’t too bad at all, and we’ve hardly had much luck, after all.
This is what Chris said this morning before today’s game against Wigan at home:
“With Blackpool, you couldn’t fault the amount of opportunities we created,” “Nine times out of ten, we’d win that. Stoke was more disappointing, having gone a goal up, but we were caught by two set plays.”
“The stadium became a bit of a fortress for us last season, so we’re conscious our home form has to improve and we have a chance to do that this weekend.”
“It’s the sort of game we want to win. We’re at home on the back of two defeats, so that’s something we need to put right.” “Wigan are a talented side, making progress this season, and we can’t afford to underestimate them.”
“But we’re at home with another big support, and we want to win.”
It’s still not clear what formation Chris will play today, and with Ameobi and Carroll both in form, and Peter Lovenkrands needing to play more this season, Chris may play a 4-4-2 formation today.
But the problem we think Chris has if he goes to 4-4-2, is there would be no place in the side for Kevin Nolan, since the two central midfield players would surely be the in-form Tiote and Barton.
“With the quality of this league, you’ve got to be aware of the opponent you’re playing against and try to get the right tactics for each game,” “That will vary for each game, but at home we need to be showing that little bit more.”
“Peter’s not done so much wrong and he’s been fit and available, it’s just been a decision I have to make.” “I’m conscious he’s there pushing for a place, though, and that’s what I need him to keep doing.”
There is a chance that Hughton could play 4-4-2 this afternoon, with the more attacking formation what the Newcastle fans want to see, at least at home, with more strikers in the line up.
And if he does play 4-4-2 he could pull off another selection shock today, by leaving captain Kevin Nolan on the bench, at least for the start of this game.