Newcastle lost to Arsenal last night but the lads will now be preparing for the big game, which is the local derby with Sundelrand on Sunday afternoon, and we need all 3 points in that game.
Steve Bruce - Newcastle fan and Sunderland manager
Steve Bruce, the Newcastle fan and local lad, who now manages Sunderland, has come out today and praised the job Chris Hughon has done on Tyneside:
“I hope that they give him the respect that he deserves because he has done extremely well in difficult circumstances,” “He’s a proper football man and I hope that they’ve looked after him in a way which is right, because of what he’s done.”
“He’s created a spirit amongst the players, which is very, very good. He’s got them promoted in a time when it was chaos, and Chris being Chris has got the best out of what he’s got.”
“When I read and I’m told he is under pressure, or that his job is under threat, I find that absolutely ridiculous and that is the downside to what we do for living.”
“I find it appalling that he has been criticised and questioned, but that’s unfortunately what we have to deal with. For him to have to answer questions on it, I found that totally ridiculous.”
Chris Hughton is probably paying the price in the gossip press for being one of the game’s good guys – a man who never criticises other managers or their teams, and gives everybody the utmost respect.
But Steve is right when he says he’s a complete football man and what we’d like to see is for Newcastle to get some points on the board by the end of the year, and then for Mike Ashley to hand Chris a long term contract with the right enumeration that will reward the man for what he’s done on Tyneside.
While Steve Bruce does not know Chris very well he knows what the man has achieved in the cauldron of being Newcastle manager for 16 months, and took over the club when it had just been relegated and was on it s knees.
“I’ve got the hugest admiration for what he’s achieved and sometimes nice people can be treated as though being kind is a weakness.”
“Certainly with Chris, I hope that’s not the case because he’s done fantastically well and kept a fantastic dignity about him as well. I hope they respect and appreciate him in a way that should be done.
“He’s not really been given any backing in terms of finance, it was chaos all around him, then last year he gets them promoted.” “For me, looking in from the outside, they look as if they’ve got a good spirit and pride – that’s down to the fella that’s led them.”
Good words from Steve Bruce, and indeed Chris Hughton has shown great leadership while he’s been in charge of the Newcastle club, and we know he will be preparing the lads for the derby on Sunday – and it’s a good time to arrest our poor home form, and get a second home win of the season, after 6 games.
If he can do that on Sunday, we’ll be happy enough, in fact we’ll be ecstatic.