We think one of Chris Hughton’s best qualities as a manager is that he takes nothing for granted, and never ever underestimates any side.
Chris Hughton – never lets results affect him – if at all possible
That happened last season when we visited teams like Scunthorpe United and Plymouth Argyle, and both teams gave us very good games, but it wasn’t because we underestimated those sides.
And it’s the same this season, and Chris is going out of his way to say that Blackburn are a good side, and of course Sam Allardyce will want to win tomorrow’s game on his return to St. James’ Park.
Big Sam of course was sacked in January of 2008, but the official reason given was that it was a mutual decision between club and manager, and Newcastle are reported to have had to pay out £6M to Sam and his rather large staff.
Hughton talked about the Blackburn game to the Evening Chronicle today:
“I see this as every bit as hard as the Sunderland game.” “We go into the game in confident form – that goes without saying – but we’re very, very conscious of what a good team they are.” “They’re a very well-organised team, and they have a lot of quality.”
The game marks a period when Chris has started to do, what he was very good at last season, building winning streaks.
And so far Newcastle are on a three game winning streak, and Chris is obviously hoping that win streak can become 5 by Saturday night, after we’ve played Fulham.
It’s also a 4 game non-losing streak, but they are not worth much, because theoretically a team could be unbeaten in the Premier League, get 38 draws and be relegated – so win streaks are what are really important.
Chris’ star is rising very quickly right now on Tyneside, and deservedly so, as Newcastle fans are starting to see that this man could become a very good manager for the club – in many different ways.
And as usual, Chris will not be getting carried away – about anything – as he continued:
“Football will always be results-based.” “There’s always a feel-good factor when results are going well, and there’s a little bit of doom and gloom when things are not going well.”
“They’re the emotions you have to ride.” “When you’re on a good run, you have to continue.” “There’ll be periods of the season when things aren’t going well and you’re losing a few games, and that’s when your players have to be resilient and work hard.”
“You can’t allow poor results to get to you, and you can’t get carried away with winning games, because the next one is equally hard.” “You have to put in the performance you did in the last game, or there’s every chance you might not win the game.”
Good words from the Newcastle manager, who never lets his emotions get the better of him – well – except for those 3.8 seconds after Newcastle have just scored a goal. 😀
We just love the guy!