Next week marks the one year anniversary when Chris Hughton was officially appointed the manager at Newcastle United.
Chris Hughton – one year since appointed Newcastle’s permanent manager
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We know our home form is something we have to address and turn around, but we must also look at our results away from home.” “Our performances on the road have been decent – it’s something that gives us more than hope.”
“Even for a good period of the Manchester United game, it was a decent period.” “We felt we should have won the Wolves game, and everyone knows we should have got something from Manchester City, and, of course, we won at Everton.”
“There are positives to our form away from home, and we’ll have to take those positives to West Ham.” “They’re a side in good form, and that makes them even more dangerous.”
Chris Hughton has definitely brought stability to the club and in fact Chris’ second game in charge as caretaker manager came just over two years ago at Upton Park, after Newcastle had surprisingly been beaten 2-1 at home by Hull City in the previous game, in which Danny Guthrie had been sent off.
That was Chris’ first ever game in charge of Newcastle after Kevin Keegan had walked out of the club, and in the following game at Upton Park, the only player still in the side ince that day is Argentine Fabricio Coloccini, although Spanish U21 International Xisco also started that game.
In fact here is the starting line up for that game played at Upton Park on September 20th two years ago, and of course Michael Owen got Newcastle’s only goal after 67 minutes, but the Magpies were already 3-0 down. and finally lost 3-1.
Shay Given, David Edgar, Claudio Cacapa, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Geremi, CharlesN’Zogbia, Michael Owen (c), Xisco
Subs: Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, Ben Tozer, Nacho Gonzalez, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson, Shola Ameobi
Eight of that starting eleven have left the club.
In fact Newcastle did not win a game until they beat WBA 2-1 at home on October 28th, and then also beat Aston Villa at home 2-0 on the following Monday.
With Joe Kinnear having arrived at the club, and 8 points from his first 5 games in charge, we thought we’d be OK that season – but how wrong can you be?
Hughton remembers that day well as he said:
“It was my first away game in charge of any Newcastle team.” “I’m not sure there’ll be too many faces who played that day.”
“David Edgar, Coloccini, Nicky Butt, it was a while back.” “Gonzalez came on too. Colo was the only one who played.” “That’s the changes we’ve had at Newcastle in such a short space of time.”
Chris is right because Uruguayan Nacho Gonzeles made his second appearance ever for Newcastle, when he replaced Cacapa after 82 minutes of that game.
It’s a vastly changed side tomorrow from the one two years ago, but in a lot of ways it’s a much better side, and at least the players now on Tyneside want to be playing at Newcastle, and that’s helped our team spirit no end.
And it will also help Newcastle to pick up some unlikely points, because of the determination and guts shown by the side, as happened last time out when we came back from 2-0 down in th last 20 minutes against Wigan to snatch a valuable point right at the death.