Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has had a couple of tough reigns in his time as a manager, and one such period was at Manchester City for eighteen months from the summer of 2008, and a then at QPR he lasted less than a year, after being appointed to the London club in January of 2012.
Mark Hughes – wins take the pressure off
So Mark will know what Alan Pardew is currently going through at Newcastle, and we still have to get out first win on the board.
This is what Mark has said before Newcastle take on Stoke at the Britannia Stadium tonight:
”A lot of people don’t know the reason why certain things have occurred or why there hasn’t been a good performance.”
”There are always other things people outside the immediate group don’t know about, and you know yourself you can’t go out and say, ‘well, these are the reasons’.”
”So you have to protect yourself, your position and your club sometimes from situations and sometimes that’s to the detriment of yourself.”
”It’s not easy because there is more focus on you as a club and you, as the figurehead in terms of football. It goes with the territory and you have to deal with it.”
”The focus on big clubs is always there and the only way you can deal with it, to take that focus off you as a manager, is by winning football matches and if you don’t there is a negative focus.”
Tonight’s game is almost a must-win game for Alan Pardew, and we have only 3 points from our first 5 league games, and when you couple that with just 5 wins and one draw on our last 20 league games last season, after beating a nine man Stoke side 5-1 at St. James’ Park, the pressure is definitely on the Newcastle manager.
That’s just 19 points from the last 75 points played for in the league – and that’s just 29 points for a 38 game season – certain relegation
Note – we managed to get this wrong earlier this morning – it’s been updated and we think (hope) this is now accurate. 😀
But it’s still not good enough, especially when we brought in so many new players this summer.
What do you think?
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