While events surrounding St James’ Park since Kevin Keegan resigned have been unbelievable, our assistant coach Chris Hughton has gone about the job as interim manager with a calm demeanor, but with little immediate success in terms of results.
But this experience seems not to have put Chris off in his dream of one day managing a football club, and no doubt this will be great experience for Chris, as he will now work with Joe Kinnear to try to turn the playing side of things around at Newcastle.
Chris is a good coach, and apparently he’s had many sleepless nights over these last 3 weeks, but that doesn’t seem to have pout him off, one little bit.
Chris told The Sunday Sun today:
“I’ve had sleepless nights . . . but that goes with the territory. It affects you that way.”
“But it has not put me off management. I have always said I want to manage one day. It is something I would certainly like to do.” “The last few weeks have been a crash course in management. It has been a case of cramming it in over the last few weeks.”
“And I have enjoyed the experience even though some people have thought: ‘How could you?’ “ “I knew from day one it was going to be a difficult job. There were a lot of issues around other than just picking the team.”
“But I’ve done the best I could, and whoever was in my position would have found it equally as difficult as me.”
Let’s not forget that it was Chris Hughton and Richard Money who got the terrible job of cleaning up the mess left after the altercation between Kevin Keegan and the board.
They were the ones given the shovels to clean up the mess, after the club was almost literally split apart, with Keegan walking out, after apparently being lied too by the Board. We are thankful to both of them, and especially Chris for sticking to the job through the most difficult of circumstances.
We cannot say that about the Newcastle Board, who have deserted their duties.
Chris will feel this has been a disastrous time, but like all bad times, that’s when you learn the most, and Chris will have learned lots from this experience, by sticking doggedly to the job these last few weeks. He’ll be a better coach for it.
Let’s give the man credit for having the guts to keep the club going, when the Board seems to have deserted us.