Since the 5-1 hammering of Sunderland last Sunday, Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is finally getting some praise for the miraculous job he’s done for the Newcastle club over the last 16 months.
Chris doing the Hughton jig on the sidelines on Sunday
We just watched Chris’ interview following the 5-1 win – again – and we don’t think we’ve ever seen Chris so upbeat about a performance, as he seemed to be over the moon with the diplay of the Newcastle side.
And so he should be of course, as his game plan was just spot on, perfect, and was just too much for a rather weak looking Sunderland side – at least after those first 25 minutes.
And today our recovering number one goalkeeper, Steve Harper, has praised his manager and says he’s the ideal man to be manager of the famous club:
“This club hasn’t always been stable,” “As recent as 15 months ago we were surrounded by turmoil and uncertainty. It doesn’t help.” “We’ve had far too much of it here over the years. From last August, when Chris was appointed as manager, we have had a fantastic, stable period.”
“Chris has worked hard and he has galvanised the place.” “To manage that situation and get this club out of a very tough position, and to have started so well in the Premier League, the players have worked hard for him, and responded to him.”
“He has done a brilliant job and he is starting to get the plaudits he deserves. The fans made their feelings clear. Before we were winning on Sunday there was a ‘Hughton is a Geordie’ banner going up and they chanted his name throughout.” They are demanding fans, but they know their football. “
“They aren’t daft and they know the job which he has done in difficult circumstances.” “He has been the ideal manager for us. He doesn’t work the crowd, he just gets his head down and gets on with the job. He doesn’t milk it, he gets on with things irrespective of things going on around him.”
“He is incredible. He is always the same, he doesn’t get carried away when things are going well and he doesn’t get too down when they are not. He is very level headed, which is what this club needs. He is the perfect man for the job.”
Steve seems to be recovering well from his unfortunate shoulder injury, and he now has full movement in it, and is expected to return by the middle of next month, and that’s more good news for the club.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the lads perform through the end of the year, but more good performance like the last two in the league, and we should be able to build up quite a few points before January rolls around.
Hopefully the Hughton miracle on Tyneside is set to continue ……