Chris Hughton is looking forward to another return to Tyneside

The popular former Newcastle boss brings his Brighton side to St James Park on Saturday.

The teams are 12th and 15th at the minute but a win for Newcastle would take them above the Seagulls on goal difference.

Chris Hughton has been asked to add his voice to the tedious debate about Rafa Benitez’ tactics against Manchester City.

Funnily enough, Brighton had exactly the same amount of possession (22%) when they played at home to Man City, as Newcastle did last night.

Hughton says ‘Everyone has the right to set their team up how they feel is the right way’ against the best side in the country.

Chris Hughton is expecting a very different game and tactics on Saturday against ‘a fairly formidable’ (on a good day) Newcastle United.

He thinks that Rafa Benitez ‘will see it as a game they can win’.

The United boss had Gayle, Clark, Atsu, Ritchie and Merino all on the bench last night and despite his denial, Rafa was clearly keeping key players for the games against Brighton and Stoke.

These will be the games that decide Newcastle’s fate this season, not a thankless task against Manchester City.

Chris Hughton:

“Not everyone realises how difficult it is against the top six, particularly Manchester City at this moment, and the way they can blow teams away.

“Everyone has the right to set their team up how they feel is the right way, against what is certainly by far the best team in the country at the moment.

“I think it might be a little bit different (on Saturday) to last night (at St James Park).

“That (Newcastle v Man City) was one game, the approach against us will be completely different.

“They are at home and they will see us as one of the games they have more chance of winning.

“We are a team also just up from the Championship, we don’t have the experience they do, and they will see it as a game they can win.

“Newcastle are a team we know very well, we know they have a lot of quality.

“They haven’t had the best of times of late but we know on a good day for them they can be a fairly formidable team, they have enough quality to make them very dangerous opponents.”

  • Tony Mann

    Proper good guy – talks sense and calls it as it is. We lost a good one when he went.

  • robbersdog

    I really like Chris Hughton – his sacking was one of Ashley’s most shameful moments, and that’s really saying something as there’s a lot of shameful moments to choose from.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      No it wasn’t, Chris is a nice guy but to push on, Chris had to go. It as rather like when Southampton got rid of Nigel Adkins,

    • Jezza

      Agreed 100%. Not only was it shamful on a personal level it was also counter productive in football terms. We could have progressed under Chris Hughton but instead the rot set in when Fatso’s puppet, the Silver Pox came in and wrecked things.

  • Geordiegiants

    Probably one of the only things every single fan agrees on, is Houghton should never of been sacked when he was.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      I disagree, I think Chris had ran his course and to take the team on, we needed a change. Pardew was a good manager for the time, an ex pro I know (and played for him) said that Pardew is great for a couple of years because he takes a fresh look at things, when the players go for it, it can be great. Unfortunately, new ideas become old ideas, especially when things start to go wrong and that’s what happened with us.

      • anyobrien

        Lmfao here we go again.

      • Geordiegiants

        Well that theory doesn’t seem to be working to well for him at the minute does it?

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Let’s hope that continues. Following Pulis into a club is always going to be difficult if it’s struggling. Pulis gets more out of his sides than the sum of their parts but there is a price and that is playing style. Now, if you come in to say you can play more attractive football, it’s easier to do so when you are comfortably mid-table and you have players like Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan in midfield.

  • anyobrien

    Absolute gentleman

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    After Saturday I wish him well. When he was at Norwich and about to get the sack
    after playing us at Carrow Road he invited a few of us into the players lounge and then his private box with his mother. He had a feeling he was getting sacked again unfairly and he did.