Since the amazing derby win on Sunday afternoon, Newcastle manager Chris Hughon has become a bit of a folk hero on Tyneside.
Chris Hughton – started preparing yesterday for Arsenal game
And of course he’s very deserving of all the accolades he’s been receiving, especially since he’s supposed to be in danger of losing his job.
But once we start against Arsenal next Sunday, the Sunderland game is over and it’s history, and of course that’s even true right now.
The lads will continue to be measured on how they do at the Emirates, and in future games, and that’s just exactly as it should be – you cannot live on your laurels in top class football.
And the Newcastle manager never does, but always prepares so well for the next game, which is always the most important and only game that then matters – and that’s almost a perfect outlook to have as a manager.
And right on form, Chris Hughton says today that his Newcastle players will be fully ready for the Gunners come next Sunday afternoon, as he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I know what it means to the supporters – I know what it means when they go to work, and what the rivalry means.” “We were off on Monday, but we were back in yesterday, and already thinking about the next game.”
“The result on Sunday doesn’t change our thinking – we know we’re going to have a tough season. It’s a tough ask going to Arsenal.”
“We have to give a good account of ourselves, and give ourselves the chance to get something out of the game.” “The players will savour Sunday, and I want them to take that feeling into training and the (next) game.”
After a day in which he may have allowed himself to celebrate just a little bit, with the emphasis on may, Chris was back in business yesterday preparing the lads for the very tough game at Arsenal:
“The win sunk in straight away, but you’re already thinking about the next game. ” “My thoughts are on Arsenal, but I’m conscious of what we achieved on Sunday, and my thoughts are with the supporters.”
It will be a good test of Newcastle’s first team, to see if they can do any better than the Newcastle second eleven last week in the Carling Cup.
Arsenal will be a little stronger than the side they played last week, but only a little, as they played quite a strong side last Wednesday at St. James’ Park, and of course it paid off for them with a 4-0 win, and they now play Wigan at home in the 5th round.
Arsenal are in action tonight in the European Champions League, when they will be at FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukraine, a country in which Arsene Wenger has never won.
It would be great to get a point at Arsenal, and you just never know with this Newcastle side this season, since they usually do well when they are not expected to.
Here’s hoping. 😀