Tough Game Awaiting Newcastle At Bolton Wanderers

With this being an international week, Newcastle manager Chris Hughton may get a quick if short break, from the stress and rigors of managing Newcastle United.

Chris Hughton – gets a very short break this week?

Chris is still short-handed with his staff, as he still has not replaced Colin Calderwood who left to manager Hibernian a full four weeks ago.

Chris talked about things today:

“For a day I might get my feet up myself. It is a lot of work. I do take the occasional day off but you can’t switch off, you don’t have a day off where you do nothing. I hope I can squeeze one in.”

“With regards to the assistant manager’s position, you have to make sure that you get help from those around you.”

“We have Paul Barron, who is an experienced goalkeeper coach, Steve Stone has come up from the reserve group, we try to utilize those guys with us as much as we can. But we need to bring in another member of staff.”

“Sam Allardyce had a big staff with him when he was here with Blackburn, Fulham also had a very big staff with them. That, though, is what we have and we just hope it is addressed soon.”

Newcastle have a couple of worries up front with both Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi currently struggling with injury, and there’s a worry that if Andy plays for England tomorrow night, his groin could go again.

Striker Shola Ameobi has yet another hamstring problem, which he seems to have suffered from throughout his career, and we have to hope that Shola can recover in time, but he certainly should not be played again until he’s 100% fit.

Both Joey Barton and Cheick Tiote will be out with suspensions, so it will hardly be Newcastle’s first choice side on Saturday, but the squad should be strong enough that we can still get a result on Saturday.

But Bolton are currently playing very well and of course have lots of fight and spirit in their side under Owen Coyle, and there’s no doubt it will be a tough and scrappy game.

We have to hope we can continue both our good form and good results on Saturday afternoon, and somehow we need to get back to our winning ways, although that will be a very tough ask at the Reebok.

But so were the games at Goodison and the Emirates.

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