Chris Hughton approach has been a breath of fresh air
Chris Hughton's approach to life this season has been pretty simple and at times probably a bit mundane.
But at a football club like Newcastle United where hype has always come back to haunt us in the past, it's been a breath of fresh air and proof that as obvious as it sounds, it's what happens on the training field that really counts.
Before games, Hughton has bent over backwards to underline how much the opposition must be respected and even when United have hammered in fours, fives and sixes at times this season, later he's still reacted in a respectful way.
Not once has Hughton had a pop at any opposing manager, player or team in a season in which the knives have been out for Newcastle United.
That's more than admirable in my book, it's almost a miracle in the modern game.
And it's no wonder Hughton has so much respect in the game.
Yes it's easier when you are winning, it can cover up a multitude of sins.
Yes, it's going to be tough back in the big league next year.
But Newcastle United didn't fold on the field this year as predicted and the fans didn't off it.
So often pigeon holed as a coach and not a manager, Hughton has simply ignored all of the hype and negativity and got on with the work day in, day out on the training field.
He's let the results do the taking and 102 points and just four league defeats tells its own story.
There was talk of a director of football from the Sunday Press last week but this has been denied and retracted since then.
That can only be a good thing for Newcastle next season if there is to be some stability.
A director of football model has never worked in the UK, and Dennis Wise is living evidence of that from a Toon point of view.
If keeping it simple again for another season gets the results to achieve a respectable and stress free campaign again, then be it.
Expectations at Newcastle vary depend who you talk to.
Some fans will be happy to avoid another disaster while others feel that Newcastle should always be pushing for the top four to six like under in the Keegan and Robson eras.
I still think that Newcastle should be considered a top six outfit but reality says that won't or can't happen overnight.
If the 2010/2011 campaign is a step closer to that then that would probably be classed as a success of sorts especially if Hughton - who has already stated progress in the transfer market will be slow - does not get a decent wedge to spend in the summer.
As far as the coaching side of things is concerned, it's not broke, so don't fix it.