After securing their Premier League return, Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton has banned any talk within the club of failure to survive the forthcoming season with their top flight status still intact.
“There has been no talk of relegation or avoiding relegation - absolutely none,” Hughton said. “The issue hasn’t come up in our discussions. We almost don’t want to talk negatively. I think it’s fair to say we want to playing Premier League football next year.
“We’re not quite sure what the season holds for us. Some might be pleasantly surprised, some might be disappointed - we don’t know.
“When you hear others saying that the most important thing is we’re still in the Premier League I can understand where they’re coming from. It is a daunting task to stay in the division and the standards have got higher. We’re amongst all of that and to be honest, we just don’t know what is ahead.”
The Magpies have had 5 different managers since Mike Ashley took control of the club in 2007, and Hughton knows there will be a lot of pressure on him as well over the course of the season.
“It’s something that you expect,” he said. “There is only one important thing and that is trying to do the best that you can. If I am able to do a very good job, then the talk and speculation and rumours will be dampened, as always.“That comes with the job, it comes with the territory of being the manager of a big, high-profile club like Newcastle United. Personally, I will ignore it.”