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.