Magpies boss is not feeling the pressure

22 October 2010 09:49
CHRIS Hughton insists he does not feel under pressure despite seeing his side suffer a dip in form.

The Magpies have failed to win since their trip to Goodison Park in September and were minutes away from a third successive home defeat until Fabricio Coloccini scored an injury-time equaliser against Wigan last weekend.

Hughton's side currently lie in 16th, just two points above the relegation places with a difficult trip to Upton Park next up before the Tyne and Wear derby a week on Sunday.

Preparations for the visit to West Ham have been overshadowed by troubled striker Andy Carroll's latest off-thefield problems.

But Hughton insists he is not feeling any pressure.

These are testing times, but these are the things and periods you have to go through as a football club,

Hughton said.

These are the times which will make us stronger as a team. We have done that before and there is no reason why we can't do that again.

No, I don't feel under pressure.

I think if you look at our league position there is pressure there because there are so many teams around us who are on a similar number of points.

There is always pressure to win football matches. We have a very big game at West Ham at the weekend who are in a similar position to ourselves, but these are the pressures you always have to deal with.

Hughton's current contract runs out at the end of this season and with no talks over a new deal scheduled, the Magpies boss is in contract limbo.

I haven't spoke to him [managing director, Derek Llambias] about that issue because I think any headlines are just speculation.

I've continually said my concentration is on trying to win as many football matches in a very difficult league.

At any stage, things are going to be written whether that's good or bad and I think all I have to do is concentrate on the job I'm doing and I'm not silly enough not to realise that at times things will be written but like I said all my efforts and concentrations are very much with the team.

Asked if he thought he had done a good job Hughton added: That's always for other people to say, all I can do is the best job to the best of my ability and it's really for a everybody else to determine.

Hughton was dealt another blow on Monday when assistant Colin Calderwood left to fill the vacant manager's position at Hibernian.

The boss has stressed he is keen to appoint a new No 2 with the Magpies already having the smallest back-room staff in the league.

Hughton said: At the moment there's myself, Paul Barron, the goalkeeping coach and of course at reserve level Peter Beardsley with Steve Stone assisting him.

My intentions are to have a number two in place as quickly as possible and I don't expect it to take a long time, whether that will be by Saturday I'm not sure but I don't expect to hang around on this one.

The decision on who will be brought in as my No 2 will be my decision.

I have my own ideas on who I would like to be in contention for the position but what I wanted to do was give myself a couple of days because there are a lot of very good people that are out there that could possibly come into contention.

Source: Northern_Echo