Chris Hughton has a contract which lasts until the summer, and he will be wanting to do well at Newcastle this season, so that he gets an extended and improved contract at the Newcastle club.
Chris Hughton – can take the pressure at Newcastle
Chris seems to concentrate completely on his job at Newcastle, and being a workaholic, he seems to have immersed himself in being the manager of Newcastle, since he got the job a week last summer.
Chris talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I have always said my concentration is on trying to win games,” “We are trying to win football matches in a very difficult division.” “At any stage things are going to be written about me which are good and bad.”
“All you have to do is concentrate on the job. I am not silly enough to think things are not going to be written which are good and bad.” “We have spoken to the players about dealing with defeats this season,”
“The most important thing is that the players stay strong through the difficult times, but they have so far been able to do that. The last-minute goal against Wigan showed what we do have in the team.”
The last time Newcastle had any stability was when Bobby Robson was at the club from 1999-2004, and he was manager on Tyneside during a time when the club finished 4th, 3rd and 5th in the Premier League in Bobby’s last three seasons in charge.
That’s before he was famously fired by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd, of course.
Chris has effectively been in charge for almost 16 months, and of course he did a fantastic job last season in getting the team immediately promoted from the Championship, and the last thing we want the club to do is to start chopping and changing their managers again. It never worked in the past and it will not work in the future.
And Chris seems to understand that having stability is important at any club:
“It is vital there is stability,” “We have gone through difficult times in recent years, as everyone knows. I think it is important we remember we are a team coming back into the Premier League this season after having gone through a difficult period.”
“Have I done a good job? That is for others to decide. I do the job to the best of my ability and others can then assess me.”
It seems that Chris Hughton is more than equipped to take the ups and downs plus the mental strain that comes with being the manager of Newcastle, and he showed last season when things go wrong, he can quickly put things right.
The next three games are going to be vital games over the next 10 days. We have West Ham in London tomorrow, Arsenal at home in the 4th round of the Carling Cup next Wednesday evening, and then Sunderland at home a week on Sunday.
Three wins in those games will see Newcastle absolutely flying – that’s what we are hoping for.