Chris Hughton will be at St. James’ Park on Saturday and we fully expect the Newcastle fans to give this man a fantastic reception for what he did while he was at Newcastle as the manager for a short 18 months from the summer of 2009.
At that time the Newcastle club was in total disarray.
Chris was one of the prime reasons we were able to get instantly promoted back to the Premier League with a fantastic 102 points and 30 wins in the 2009-2010 season and we will never forget what Chris did for Newcastle.
Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood while at Newcastle
It’s interesting we are down below again and Chris will bring his Brighton side to Newcastle – a side that was 3rd by goal difference just behind Middlesbrough last season.
Both clubs had 89 points and Middlesbrough’s goal difference was +32, which was 2 goals better than Brighton’s.
How close can you get?
In an interview with Ian Holloway on Sky Sports, Chris has admitted that the reception he has received from Geordie fans after leaving the area has helped him get over being suddenly (and ruthlessly) sacked by Derek Llambias in December, 2010.
At the time we were doing quite well and had recently hammered Sunderland 5-1 at home and won for the only time ever at the Emirates Stadium with a headed goal by Andy Carroll.
This is what Chris has said:
“The reception I got from Newcastle United supporters afterwards was something that made any bad feeling that I might have had disappear.” “It was taken away from the fans’ reaction to me.”
“That helps, but also, particularly at Newcastle when I did lose my job when the club were in a good position in the Premier League, it really helps.”
“You can always look at yourself and know you’ve done the best job you can. You have worked as hard as you can.”
“If you can walk away from that situation knowing you couldn’t have given any more.”
“We are no different to any teams looking at the points target and how many wins we need.” “The annoying thing last year was we met all the targets, and missed out on goal difference.”
“The points tally we had has got most teams promoted on most years. The play-offs probably just caught up with us.”
“The emotions afterwards are certainly different if you have lost a game or you win.” “But I do find it difficult to unwind even if you’ve won a game.”
“The emotions are so high for that period of time it’s hard to come down from that. We don’t do too much, generally a meal and family.”
“We have lots of grandchildren who are a great leveler.” “They only see you as an individual they don’t see whether you have won or lost.”
“They don’t see the meaning of winning and losing and they don’t change.” “I’ve got six grand kids and we try to see them as much as possible.”
Colin Calderwood is still Chris’ right hand man and Colin will be in the dugout on Saturday with Chris.
Usually Chris lets us win 1-0 at home and we would take that result on Saturday – for sure.