It’s not been an easy week for the Newcastle United club, and for manager Chris Hughton, but we can emerge a lot stronger from it, with a good performance and all 3 points at West Ham on Saturday.
Chris Hughton – that hair is a little bit grayer these days 😀
21-year-old striker Andy Carroll spent Sunday night in a police cell and is facing another charge of assault, and Colin Calderwood couldn’t resist the opportunity to go back into management and was snapped up by Hibernian on Monday.
And we must say we are 100% behind the manager Chris Hughton in these tough times for the club – a gentlemen if ever there was one, and Chris has already gained our utmost respect over these last 15 months, since he’s been the manager at Newcastle.
This is what Chris said today about the situation he finds himself in right now:
“They are testing times, the obvious and of course, results and wanting to win football matches. But these are periods you have to go through and certainly at this football club, we have been able to go through these periods and if anything, it has made us stronger as an outfit and stronger as a team.”
“I see no reason why we can’t do that again.” “From my point of view and the club’s point of view, these are the things we have to deal with and we have to deal with them in the appropriate manner. It is a different era these days and these are the things you have to deal with.”
With Andy’s fourth separate altercation with the law in the last two or three years, Chris was asked if the lad will be in the right frame of mind on Saturday to play.
And we have to bear in mind the 21 year-old has to appear in court next Monday in front of Newcastle Magistrates, to answer an assault and battery charge, for the altercation that took place at the Blu Bambu night club, in Newcastle’s Bigg Market last December.
“With Andy, he has concentrated very much on his football. He is a strong-minded individual and I am quite sure he will be in the right frame of mind to play football, quite sure.”
You cannot say Chris Hughton hasn’t got a lot on his plate at the moment, and one thing he seems to be actively pursuing is a replacement for Colin Calderwood, who helped Chris do a great job over the last 15 months, but of course good people are always in great demand. But it seems that Chris will now move fairly quickly to bring in a replacement.
“It will be my appointment who comes in and it is one I don’t want to take too long over in making my mind up. What I need to do is go through the possibilities. I have my own ideas and it is one we don’t want to drag on too long.”
The club seems to be a bit up against it at the moment, and we have to hope the players will dig deep this week and on Saturday in London, and get a win at West Ham, and that would significantly help to relieve the pressure on the club, and on Chris as well for that matter.
Then we can all look forward to beating Arsenal in the Carling Cup next Wednesday and winning our second home game of the season against, who else – Sunderland – a week come Sunday.
If all that happens we will be flying indeed.