After another poor result at home to Arsenal yesterday, and just 2 points in the last 5 league games, with Chelsea next up, Newcastle United caretaker boss Chris Hughton doesn’t expect a new manager to be appointed. That’s bad news.
Chris Hughton – no signs of any new interim boss
Hughton denied that owner Mike Ashley had gone down and spoken to the players in the dressing room after the game, but did confirm that he does not expect another manager to be drafted in at the club, as fans await Joe Kinnear’s return from heart surgery in about 3-4 weeks time.
“I have had no indication that anything will change.”
“Joe will be back at the time when he will be back, but apart from that, I am not aware of anything else.”
But the problem is that the damage may already be done, since in the 5 games Chris has been in charge following Joe’s tripe bypass surgery Newcastle have managed just two draws, and are now 2 points from safety in 3rd bottom place.
It may be too late to bring in an experienced manager who can motivate the players, but Newcastle are in a very difficult position right now.
It’s likely the team will get nothing from the next game at home to Chelsea, and then there will 7 games left, and none of the big four are in there, although Newcastle do face Aston Villa away on the last day of the season – 24th May.
But the problem Mike Ashley has is if Joe does have a relapse, or his doctors delay his going straight back into the Newcastle oven, then that will mean an extended time in charge for Chris.
And in 10 games in charge this season at Newcastle, he has 8 draws and two defeats, and it that scenario plays out then Newcastle will almost definitely be doomed.
That’s what Mike Ashley has to think over, very deeply this weekend, whether he should bring someone in, because it’s still not too late, but the sands of time are running out quickly.