Chris Hughton is completely unconcerned about the little bit of news surrounding him last week, that his job was in jeopardy at Newcastle.
Chris Hughton – unfazed by rumors over job
And Chris reacted to pressure as he has for the last 16 months or so, as he immersed himself in his work, and got one of the best wins of his short management career, when Newcastle completely outclassed West Ham in the second half on Saturday, to win the game 2-1 and it was even easier than the score suggests.
Chris said today:
“It is part and parcel of the job. It’s a results-based business. Sometimes it is unfair, but that is the nature of the game. I just have to do the very best job I can and get the best results I can. It is for others to talk and take action.”
“It is massively different from being an assistant. I would like to think the experiences I’ve had in that role has helped me and held me in good stead, but it is chalk and cheese.”
“The pressure and expectation which comes being on this side is completely different to what I have experienced before, but when you get a win the feeling is even better.”
The next three games coming up were important to Newcastle this season, and to win the first one and play well in the process, should give the players massive confidence before the Arsenal game on Wednesday night, followed by the local derby with Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.
The Premier League is the big priority this season, but it would still be good to reach the quarter finals of the Carling Cup on Wednesday night against Arsenal, who are not particularly good on the road this season.
But what we’d really like to see is a win at home next Sunday against Sunderland, and then we’ll have 14 points from our first 10 league games, and that would be a very good return, after just over one quarter of the way through this very tough season.