Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has come out today and said he and the Newcastle squad are fully behind Chris Hughton at Newcastle, and thinks all the talk about Chris being sacked is just ridiculous.
Chris Hughton – under fire – but his record is decent
Since the initial Daily Mail report about 11 days ago, Chris has come under renewed pressure following the 4-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Carling Cup, but it’s ridiculous to think that his job may be in jeopardy.
Indeed the club issued a statement following the Arsenal defeat on Wednesday night, and said it was the club’s intention to renegotiate Hughton’s contract at the end of the year.
We took that as an opportunity for Kevin Nolan and the players to get right behind Chris and whoever the new assistant manager will be, and get a few wins on the board so that Newcastle are in a decent place in the Premier League by the end of the year.
And we still believe that’s what will most likely happen, but of course stability and decent results for Newcastle don’t sell too many newspapers, so the gossip press have said Chris is on trial until the end of the year – how does he put up with this nonsense?
Nolan feels the club is going in the right direction, but it’s also true that the Sunderland results are always massive, and we would look to the lads putting in that extra good performance on Sunday afternoon to record our second home win of the season.
Nolan told Sky Sports News today:
“No matter what happens on Sunday we are going to still be 110 per cent behind Chris Hughton,” “For the statements, for anything else we don’t care what anyone else says outside.”
“As a group of players, as a squad, as a staff and I believe as fans too we believe we are going in the right direction and the main focal point and the main leader in that is Chris Hughton.”“I think the talk is absolutely ridiculous on him having to win a game to stay in his job, it is absolutely ridiculous.”
“No matter what we want to see Chris Hughton in charge of us and we believe we are going in the right way with him in charge of us.”
We are fully behind Chris Hughton and what he has done for the Tyneside club so far, and it may be that the gossip press are trying to stir things up (again) at Newcastle, because the club looks so stable these days – and that hardly sells their newspapers does it?
Far better that the club return to the old days, when they used to replace their managers at will, and have headlines all the time for all the wrong reasons.
As we’ve said before, the lads have to go all out on Sunday afternoon and get the right result – a win for both manager Chris Hughton and for the ever faithful Newcastle fans.
Then the gossip press may be forced to write something positive about the Newcastle club – and wouldn’t that be a change.