Chris Hughton will take the first team squad tomorrow, and it’s important that some of our senior players like Harper, Butt, Beye and Steven Taylor do their very best to support Chris in his interim role until the ownership of the club gets sorted out.
Chris Hughton – senior players must support him on Wednesday
Hughton has admitted in the Newcastle Journal that he doesn’t know how long he will be in charge – but doesn’t this seem like deja vu all over again?
But Chris has made it clear that he will not be responsible for player recruitment, player contracts or deciding which of the squad members will be allowed to leave. Exactly who will be responsible for that part of the action this summer, we of course have no idea.
Hughton is a straight guy, and very professional and he agrees, for the good of the club, that the impasse at the Newcastle club cannot be allowed to continue for much longer.
However Chris feels that not having a manager early in pre-season will not have too much of a detrimental impact to preparations, but then again this is no ordinary pre-season for Newcastle.
“I don’t know how long I will be in charge for. It could be three days, a week, two weeks, three weeks… I’m not sure,”
“My job will be to make sure that the squad is properly prepared, to begin work on pre-season and begin a good programme that gives us a chance of doing what we want to do – getting back into the Premier League.”
“As regards anything else like bringing in players, that is not my responsibility at the moment. At some stage someone will come in and take over from me.” “Everyone is aware that there is interest in taking over the club and something could happen soon.”
“But I’m not sure when that will be – I don’t know anymore than anyone at the moment. For all our sakes we hope it is sooner rather than later.”
“Whether it is Alan Shearer or not, whoever comes in needs as much time as possible. It is definitely a case of the sooner, the better – because there is work to be done.”
Hughton doesn’t feel that the lack of a manager will cause too much damage at this stage, however, and that’s good to hear. The club’s international players have been given an extra week off, so he will be overseeing a small squad for the first few days with Bassong, Geremi, Duff, Gutierrez and Xisco not arriving until next Wednesday.
“It won’t harm things too much,” “Certainly in the past during pre-seasons you don’t see too much of the manager during those first few days.”
“He will generally let the coaches take care of things, so in that respect things aren’t too different.”
“We will work hard over the rest of the week, put the grounding in there and try to push on towards those first games now.”
Good words from Chris and we think he is a very good coach, and is certainly well respected in football circles, and was only hired to be part of the coaching team, which is what he’s really good at.
But he’s been put in some difficult positions by Mike Ashley over the last 10 months, and while he has failed to get many points when in charge of the first team, he’s carried out his job with the utmost professionalism in difficult circumstances.
On April 1st, after a poor period in charge of the first team squad, following Joe Kinnear’s heart problems in February, he was relieved of first-team control when Alan Shearer took over, and Hughton thoroughly enjoyed his short time working alongside the Newcastle and England idol, and his assistant manager Iain Dowie.
“I really enjoyed working with Alan,” “Both him and Iain are very professional people and Alan certainly has an aura about him.”
Chris has two years left on his contract, and we hope he will at least be used by Alan Shearer for that length of time, and he was of course hired by former manager Kevin Keegan.
Chris seems to have earned the chance to finish out his contract on Tyneside, after going through hell and high water for the club this last year.