Chris Hughton has done tremendously well this summer, and has revealed for the first time he’s had offers from other clubs.
Chris Hughton – never a thought he would leave Newcastle
Hughton revealed today in the Sunday Mirror:
“I have had offers to go elsewhere. Certainly, there have been enquiries. But I haven’t been tempted one little bit, simply because of the position we’ve been in.”
“Not at any stage have I thought about walking away. In the time I’ve been here, either as temporary manager or coach, there have been difficult times.”
“The difficult times were that we were at the wrong end of the Premier League table, the problems with trying to sell the club.”
“Certainly, for me to walk away from all that would have just added to the problems. Yes. I still fancy the job. I would be happy to be in control of this group of lads for as long a period as the club wanted me to be.”
How’s that for loyalty – something not too many of our star players have shown over the summer, as they got out of Toon as quickly as they could, once we were relegated.
Michael Owen was probably the best (or should that be worst) example of this.
Michael was captain of the club and in the last 5 weeks of last season, while we were trying to avoid the drop, he didn’t say a single thing, and of course didn’t score after January.
How’s that for leadership on and off the fileld – or lack thereof.
Two days after we were relegated he left Tyneside in his helicopter, and we heard nothing from him until he signed for the Red Devils in July – to say how pleased he was to join such a great club.
When he recently scored Manchester United’s 4th goal of a 5-0 rout of Wigan – he had been brought on as sub with the game already won – you would have thought he had scored the winner for England in the World Cup Final.
We thought it was all rather embarrassing – for Michael.
Of course that’s until we realized he’s on pay for performance at Manchester United, and he had just put some money in the bank for scoring a goal – how silly of us not to understand that sooner.
Just let’s say that Michael Owen is not a popular guy on Tyneside now, and in truth never was.
He cost the club £40M over 4 years (£17M transfer fee and about £23M in wages) – and we got 70 appearances out of him, with just 30 goals, and when it really mattered, during the relegation fight, he didn’t turn up.
The worst deal ever in Premier League history for any club.
So we are very pleased to have people like Chris Hughton at the club, who display both loyalty and leadership, when things get tough.