There’s a certain amount of pressure on Chris Hughton this week, after just a single point from the last 3 league games, and his assistant Colin Calderwood having left the club only yesterday, for Hibernian.
Chris Hughton – has Newcastle fans behind him
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today about Calderwood’s departure:
“For us it is very much a case of business as usual.” “It’s a big blow to lose Colin Calderwood but certainly one I can understand.”
“He’s not only very good at what he does as a coach but he’s also a very good friend.” “When an opportunity like this comes along it is difficult to turn down.”
“And it is no surprise he was in the frame because he has such good pedigree.” “He’s looked to take the opportunity and I wish him well.”
“It all happened very quickly and over the last day or two.” “When it happens like that you just have to deal with it the best you can, and that’s what we’ll do.”
Certainly Chris seems to have growing support on Tyneside, after a Daily Mail report yesterday that he was close to the sack at Newcastle, but the club denied that yesterday, and it was probably a made up story.
But the reaction from the Newcastle fans seems to have been some solid support for the London-born 51 year-old, and after all 8 points from 8 league games isn’t too bad is it?
Chris Hughton has already started his search for a new right hand man and the two early names in the frame are former Newcastle coaches John Carver and Steve Clarke.
Chris talked about how he will handle training this week sans Colin:
“As I say it’s business as usual – the endeavour to bring somebody in has started.” “And that is what I will be doing over the next couple of days.”
“Myself and Paul Barron will take first-team training, and we have to make sure we prepare correctly for West Ham.”
“The attitude, no matter what, always has to be focusing on the next game and putting out a team capable of getting the right result at West Ham.”
We trust the Newcastle players, who have been so supportive of Chris since he took over the manager job at Newcastle last summer, will dig deep this week in their training and on Saturday afternoon at West Ham, and give Chris and the club a good win.
We need that, and since the lads have played well in all their away games this season, yes even at Old Trafford where they manfully stuck to their task, it’s not unreasonable to think we can win on Saturday – and that would be just great!