Chris Hughton was having some trouble when he was in charge of the first team, after Kevin Keegan resigned from Newcastle, for the second time, in early September.
Chris Hughton with manager Joe Kinnear – good partnership
But since Joe Kinnear came in and used his experience to steady the Newcastle ship, it turns out that Joe and Chris have worked very well together, and we’ve always thought Chris has done more than decent job at the club.
Looking back on a difficult few weeks in charge of the first team Chris said:
“That time at the helm has not affected my confidence. The biggest factor as to why we did not do well was that I was without some of our best players.”
“With due respect to Claudio Cacapa, being forced to play him in midfield and use two central defenders as full-backs was not what I would have wanted.”
“My saving grace is the fact I am still very much involved in the coaching and preparations of Newcastle United, and I am trying to do the best job I can for the club.”
It’s good to see Chris and Joe working so well together, along with Richard Money, who is doing a great job with the Under-18 side and our very young Reserves side. Joe and Chris are both positive guys. but at the same time they are realistic and down to earth.
You know for sure that Joe will tell you exactly what he thinks, and he doesn’t pull his punches, as the Daily Mirror journalist Simon Bird found out in September. 😀
We may be short on the number of coaches we have at the club since Keegan, McDermott and Adam Sadler left, but the quality we have at the club right now is excellent.
Very much like our playing staff, come to think of it.