Chris Hughton – On What It Takes To Play For Newcastle In A Brilliant Arena

It was good to see Chris Hughton back at St. Jame’s Park on Saturday as the Brighton manager, and his side played well to get a 0-0 draw.

Of course, we would have been much happier if we could have nicked a 1-0 win and things would now be a lot more positive at Newcastle.

But it was a fair result, and we didn’t play well, and there were some boos heard around the stadium at the final whistle.

The players had attacked well in the last 15 minutes trying to get 3 points, but we couldn’t do it.

Rafa Benitez and Chris Hughton – mutual admiration society

Chris stood up to the pressures of managing Newcastle very well until he was shockingly sacked in December of 2010 after he had brought us straight up from the Championship with a massive 102 points and only four defeats.

Since then Mike Ashley has said that was of his (many) mistakes at Newcastle and he apologized to the now Brighton manager.

So that’s something, and Chris accepted the apology.

Chris knows all about what it’s like playing for Newcastle, and you have to be mentally strong because you will be criticized when we go on bad runs – like we are on at the moment.

This is what Chris has said as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“If you want to play for Newcastle, you have to be able to deal with the anxiety of the crowd sometimes.”

“Every single one of these players wants to play for Newcastle. It’s a brilliant arena, but it comes with the territory.”

“The top players, anywhere in the world, are under pressure every time they play, and that comes here at Newcastle.”

“But it’s a wonderful place to play football. “As an opposition manager, it’s the same at any big stadium if you can have good periods and frustrate the opposition.”

“Newcastle supporters are no different. They’re desperate to get behind their team.”

“They want to see their team pushing forward – and scoring goals – and if it doesn’t happen, as good as this crowd at Newcastle is, anxiety can set in.”

“The only way we can exploit that, is to play well. “We’re not doing anything underhand, we just had good periods in the game.”

We are hoping we can go to Stoke today and come back with all 3 points – we need them.

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6 comments so far

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 1, 2018 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #1

    I must have posted about 60 comments since the game and only realised yesterday evening that nobody could see them apart from me :)The reason for this was clearly Online Guy asking Ed to ban me and so I had to speak with Ed to allow my posts to be visible. I am not going to get into what I think of online guy doing this and I won’t be conversing with him in the future.

    I would like to wish all posters a happy new year even the guys such as catchy etc. Even though we don’t agree we are all NUFC fans and want what’s best for the club in our own minds.

  • lesh

    Jan 1, 2018 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Ashley may have uttered the words but his apologies to Hughton were a backhanded swipe at Rafa. Was there any acknowledgement of Rafa in his outpouring? Was there hell!

  • lesh

    Jan 1, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #3

    What’s this speculation about selling Shelvey to West Ham? Surely Rafa wouldn’t be daft enough to sell a good player to survival rivals? Or maybe it depends how much influence he actually has over recruitment, sales and if course, wages.

    And, welcome to another new poster – Harem – Indonesia. Hatem’s seems to share the same views as Catchy and his motley crew. Remarkable!

    Happy new year all.

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 1, 2018 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #4

    I think we need to go all out and get Slimani. He is exactly what we need and would certainly fire us to safety. What do we think in cost £18m?

  • toontaff2

    Jan 1, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Like being in primary school, with a naughty, sneaky 5 year old starting trouble, then telling teacher when others retaliate! I would point to the fact that, previously, posters have actually believed some on here were stalkers and the creepy nature of some of his posts certainly pointed towards him being a real weirdo.

  • toontaff2

    Jan 1, 2018 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Yedlin Lascalles Clark Dummett
    Diame Shelvey
    Murphy Perez Richie
    Bench: Woody, Manquillo, Mbemba, Hayden, Merino, Atsu, Gayle.
    1-5 The Toon, naturally 😉


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