Hughton On Whether Magpies Have What’s Needed In Championship

Chris Hughton didn’t think Newcastle were great on Saturday in the 2-0 win, but he saw some of the characteristics teams need in the Championship to get promoted – and he saw a lot of those in the way Newcastle played.

Chris saw an efficiency with Newcastle and an ability to score goals which should stand us in good stead this season.

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Rafa Benitez and Chris Hughton on the sidelines on Saturday

The former Newcastle manager who got us promoted in 2010 with a massive 102 points, also thinks Rafa has brought in players this summer who will be top players in the league this season.

This is some of what Chris said about Newcastle after the game on Saturday:

“The obvious thing needed to go up is having enough of what you need in this division.”

“Burnley were excellent in what they did. They were just very efficient and had players who can score goals.”

“Part of what we saw here, I didn’t think Newcastle were great, but they were very efficient at what they do.”

“They’ve got good people, good players on the ball and they also showed they can score from set plays.”  “A lot of what you saw in Newcastle is what’s needed in this division.”

“One thing Rafa has, even though he’s never managed at this level in this country, is great experience.”

“His acquisitions this summer, he’s bought players who will be top players in this division, all good types, quality, workmanlike.”

Brighton were unbeaten in the league since way back in February when they lost 4-1 at Cardiff City, before losing 2-0 to a good-looking Newcastle side on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

In their final 14 league games last season they won nine and drew five for a massive 32 points out of  a possible 42.

But they lost one of their play-off games at Sheffield Wednesday 2-0, which cost them their promotion chance,  after finishing 3rd in the league behind Middlesbrough on goal difference.

Rafa seems to know what’s required to be successful in the English second division and he has now signed a massive 11 good players so far this summer, with Daryl Murphy and Achraf Lazaar coming in earlier today.

Rafa’s vast experience and tremendous man-management and tactical skills are now showing through with this new Newcastle team.

That  cannot be bad.

Comments welcome

25 comments so far

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #1

    If anybody will know if we have what it takes to win the championship, it’s chris Houghton.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s a top bloke, Lazar will add competition for both the LW and LB think Rafa will mainly use him as a winger though.

    Atsu, wasn’t keen on him due to a couple of failed spells but could blossom under Rafa, bring him in.

    Murphy, unexpected but good like for like with mitro.

    Watching shelvey on sky, goals on Sunday, was good to hear from the fella, made me laugh when he said mitro looks in his 30s. Well done Charnley and rafa, much happier with the squad now, still need creativity and steel centrally but other than that we are ready to go

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #3

    You sense he’s reluctant to praise us too much, considering he’ll believe Brighton are also in the hunt for the title, and perhaps because of a little residual resentment after his entirely undeserved sacking by Ashley, but really Chris, if we played like that every week, we’d be nailed on to go up.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #4

    I’ve not seen alot of Lazar, but from youtube he looks like he’s got pace, & a Sharpe turn. His end product doesn’t look the best. His crossing wasn’t landing to the strikers. A bit like haidara, but still a better version.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Cheick please!

    Does that mean that almost the last of Old Guard has gone? it’s been some clear out hasn’t it?

    Not just Wini, The fleeting Townsend, Obertan etc… Tim Krul, the once indispensable great keeper, but Papiss Demba Cisse and Fab Coloccini who had songs sung about them match after match – all shoved out the club side door and into a waiting taxi in the middle of the night. No fanfare, no plaudits, no pat on the back or thank you. Just…gone.

    It is the Doom of men that they forget.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 29, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Rafa clearly has a battle plan on his office wall with all his troops ( players ) positioned and ready for battle.
    Carver only had a dart board, Maclaren his lucky marbles and Pardew a fortune cookie.
    Just feels so much better to be part of Rafa’s ambitions and the team looked like just that a team on Saturday.
    More of the same please .

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 29, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Very poignant Mr. Tsunki.

  • Rafa Revolution

    Aug 29, 2016 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Apparently we are after Callum McManaman

  • Blofal

    Aug 29, 2016 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #9

    I have a funny feeling Sissoko isn’t going anywhere. And Rafa did make the comment along the lines of “players sometimes have to realise where they are and it might take them a couple of months to realise that”.

    If he isn’t sold I suspect he won’t be playing for a couple of months at least.

  • Grumpy

    Aug 29, 2016 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Im so much more positive now than when we were in the prem under Mclaren

  • expatmag

    Aug 29, 2016 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Looking at Eds ins and outs from the previous thread, with Tiote gone for £1.6 million, we appear to have got rid of 17 players whilst bringing in 11 and still in profit of £2.5 million..

    Not a bad effort really.

    Just to finish off the wondow, sell Sissoko for 25 million quid, bring in Atzu and Will Hughes

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 29, 2016 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Fostino from previous @1.

    Who would win? Only one way to find out – FIIIGGHHT!!! 😉

  • Our Toon

    Aug 29, 2016 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m not keen on Will Hughes, has to make you wonder why so many clubs have watched him play yet no one thinks he’s worth a bid or a punt. He’s a good championship player, nothing more. I’d rather attempt a loan of Loftus Cheek than pi$$ £10m or £15m up the wall with Will Hughes. Save that money for next season as we will need big investment to keep this club in the prem, the current crop have ability and can grow but will struggle in more demanding league, less forgiving premier league.

    Still really keen on knockaert but that won’t happen, ideally a strong DM and creative central midfielder would do nicely but if we are left with this squad then I’m happy enough….been a long time since I’ve said that

  • davis_toons

    Aug 29, 2016 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Callum McManaman is quite a player like Adam Johnson.
    ..but very shady…don’t think Rafa will get him in.

    There should be more better quality english out there.
    Give others a chance.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 29, 2016 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #16

    I loved watching Cheik Tiote and soon after he joined in pre season 2010-2011 named him the Warrior. He really was fearless. His battles in CM a sight to see. He won the ball and gave it to the creative gifted Yohan Cabaye. Cheik was not too ambitious and the team developed simply because he realised his strengths and weaknesses. They both went their different ways. Tiote often anywhere but on the field.

    With the arrival of Benitez and Cheik’s talk of a changing mentality we got to see a lot more of him and appreciated what we had been missing. I harboured hopes of him sticking around but he was to go as with Coloccini the end of an era.

    As Tsunki said( above) it’s the end of an era. What a transfer window and Lee Charnley well done – that’s what it’s like not to have a 9-5 existence.

  • JDdubai

    Aug 29, 2016 at 5:15 AM

    Comment #17

    The amount of cash we must have saved on wages as well must be colossal looking at the players who have left – basically all the big earners are out now. Should mean huge possibilities to afford top players next summer should we go up.

  • nut meg

    Aug 29, 2016 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #18

    The new broom is sweeping clean,well don Rafa!

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 29, 2016 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #19

    @JDdubai Apart from Shelvey…. But he seems to now be working for his 60,k a week.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 29, 2016 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #20

    Ian Toon – do you and Jib sit side by side at the meetings of the Ashley Appreciation Society? And the morning teas of RAG?

  • brklyngeordie

    Aug 29, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #21

    What happens if Sissoko is not moved by Wednesday? Me personally I don’t want him back on the team at training or anything. I have a great idea if we are stuck with him we should loan him out to let’s say Plymouth Argyle or some club in a lower division and tell him son prove yourself down there and we might recall you. Anyone like that idea? Could you imagine him holding the shirt lol

  • G

    Aug 29, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #22

    @21, the new rumour doing the rounds is that Boro are hoping to get Sissoko cheap in a late bid. I think its rubbish myself, but there have been whispers from smoggies fans.

  • geordie157

    Aug 29, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Loan sissoko to gateshead

    Don’t really want Hughes, watch a lot of Derby and he’s not really been the same since the last injury, although Pearson is now playing him deeper which isn’t helping.

    Atsu on loan plus one more week can play anywhere across the midfield and I’m happy.

  • Sav

    Aug 29, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #24

    Efficient? Newcastle? That’s a first.

  • HarriboNo9

    Aug 29, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #25


    I came on here to write about Achraf Lazaar when I seen your message about him, I agree with you he has a great turn, but disagree that his crosses aren’t good, I actually think he has an amazing cross. Not just because he’s morroccon but I think he is a defensive marhez we have signed I honestly love this player and is going to be player of the season I truly believe. He is exactly what we need and if we need to be more defensive in games then we start Dummett. Rafa has done a tremendous job bringing in the exact players we need for the championship and without a doubt we will be in the top 4 come end of season lets just hope it’s 1st or 2nd.
    My biggest worry is half of our squad aren’t good enough if we do get promoted which means that is a lot of people to get rid of. There’s no way we could be a top 8 team in prem league if we weren’t to sign 6plus players when promoted. Does anyone agree with this or do you think our squad would be prem material next season if we go up ?


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