Newcastle Doing Well Compared To Relegation Season

Chris Hughton knows exactly what he’s being asked to do as Newcastle manager.

Chris Hughton – knows what his job is

His job last season was to get Newcastle back to the Premier League as soon as possible, and he did that – in his first season in charge of the club.

Now he’s very clear that his job is to stabilize Newcastle United as a Premier League side, and to keep the club in England’s top flight.

And with 11 points from the first 9 games Chris is doing quite well, given the awful luck we’ve had in the league so far, and you have to think that these things tend to level out over the season.

In our relegation season after 9 games we had 6 points with 1 win, 3 draws and 5 defeats,  and a goal difference of  -7  (10 goals for and 17 against), and interestingly enough that 9th league game was a 2-1 defeat at Sunderland.

This season we have 11 points with 3 wins, 2 draws and 4 defeats,  and a goal difference of +1 (14 goals for and 13 against).

So this season compared to two years ago, we have 5 more points and two more wins, scored more goals and conceded less, and a better goal difference by +8, and that’s a big improvement, and puts a little bit of perspective on where we are right now.

We’re doing OK,  but we can do a lot better too, if we can only bring our away form to St. James’ Park in the league.   So it’s hardly panic stations at Newcastle, and remember a lot of our players are still adjusting to the higher class of the Premier League – the best league in the world.

Newcastle issued a statement after the game last night to try to stabilize things a bit, after all the speculation surrounding Hughton’s future, and we really hope it has the desired effect.

Chris talked about the statement last night:

“I presume the reason why it was said was because of the unjust speculation flying around the last few days.”   “The speculation doesn’t deter me from the job I’m doing. It’s not a help, and I don’t welcome it but I can guarantee it doesn’t take my focus off the big job I’ve got to do.”

“I have a remit, as I do last season, to do the best I can this season. I have a remit to keep this club in the division and the league table says we’re doing OK.”   “It doesn’t change anything. Nothing is different because of the statement. We concentrate on winning as many games and to get as much stability as we can.”

“The most important thing for me at this moment is a tough game against our local rivals on Sunday.”

Chris has the players fighting for the Newcastle side 100% this season, and that was again shown in full measure last night, and it’s great to watch Newcastle these days, when you can see how keen our players are to do their very best.

That’s a lot different from our promotion season,  when we had too many prima donnas at the club,  who often didn’t even want to raise a sweat for the team.

So things are a lot better than they were two years ago – that’s an absolute certainty – and Chris and the lads deserve our full support.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 28, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed couldn’t agree more with your post we are much better than 2 years ago & as I said yesterday Sunday’s game is much more important

  • judz1991

    Oct 28, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Couldn’t agree more with this, we might of had better indivuduals 2 seasons ago but it wasn’t a team, i cant tell you how frustrating it was that we could never keep posession for more than 10 seconds then just soaked up another attack! But what we have now is a team all wanting to work hard for each other! And I love this posession football we’re playing, its just a cryin shame ben arfa was assaulted because we could do with that creativity to turn possession into more chances, but very good job Chris Hughton!

  • Brutooon

    Oct 28, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #3

    excluding the man utd match, the rest of the match that we draw or lose – we nearly win it but sometimes luck is not in our place.

  • peterktoon

    Oct 28, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Does anyone know what’s up with Xisco??? I know he has served his 3 match ban but we haven’t seen or heard for him??? We all know Best has been injured and will properly be loaned out. I know i would love to see Xisco given a chance.

  • Sav

    Oct 28, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Respect for Hoots goes up a notch every time he has a situation like this to handle. He needs (deserves) a very good assistant but I think they must be queuing up to work with this guy if they have any sense.

    Will some of our young guns go out on loan now we are out of the CCup?

  • bobby_ollox

    Oct 28, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #6

    He has done well, including a 100% record in the capitol this season. It is just such a shame that we cant get the momentum going for home matches. Getting the crowd going with a few barnstorming displays would do marvels for the teams confidence and character.

  • chuck

    Oct 28, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Doing well ?
    If one considers the side compared with most EPL teams, then we are lucky to be on eleven points.
    The wins against Villa (an aberration) and Everton, caught them in a bad period, W/Ham, poor side.
    What we should be worried about are losses to Blackpool and a narrow escape from loosing to Wigan.
    Two teams we should take points from if we are looking at EPL survival.
    Ninth place is less than five points from a relegation spot and it`s a long season.
    Is the glass half empty or half full, depends on you perspective.

  • Sav

    Oct 28, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Easy to see your perspective then, Chuck.

    What about the robbery at ManCity and the late og against Stoke? I’ll be the first to criticise but the heart is there and that is the first thing you need. With Louise Mackem Taylor still not satisfied to leave hoots in peace, the last thing we need is to come under ‘friendly fire’ from our own lot.
    The mackems will be a good test.

  • Visten

    Oct 29, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Chuck the bottom line is we have got 11 points end of, all else is piss and wind.

  • will190780

    Oct 29, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #10

    For my money Hughton is doing as well as anybody has since Bobby Robson.

    I mean it ain’t much competition but its still true. If he were to be sacked I would disgusted. The man has really tried to address some of our weaknesses and the got the team playing together.

    Plus he’s not an annoying toss pot to listen to post match and his decisions seem to make sense on the pitch (mostly).

    Few more quid into the squad and perhaps we could look to get into Europe by the back door next season?


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