Chris Hughton has continually refused to get entangled in the mess at Newcastle this season, to his great credit.
Chris Hughton – future doesn’t bother him
There has been the ongoing soap opera of selling the club, or should we say trying to sell the club.
And now the distinct possibility that Newcastle will have to pay out an amazing £10M to Kevin Keegan, as payment to him for constructive dismissal.
Kevin’s claim is essentially full payment of his former Newcastle contract of £3M/year, which had 3 years left to run, but it’s money the club just doesn’t have right now.
Not good use of the club’s money we would suggest, and remember Kevin’s action is against Newcastle United and not Mike Ashley. The club will have to pay whatever amount is awarded to Kevin by the tribunal – and not Ashley.
Many readers who sent us hate mail (and that’s putting it mildly) over the weekend for criticizing Kevin, seem to think it’s Ashley who will suffer and have to pay up – not so.
The refreshing news in all of this is that Chris hasn’t allowed the news on Newcastle to get in the way of job one this season – winning football games.
Chris talked about Saturday night’s game today:
“It was a special result, a special performance on a special day. The future does not concern me.”
“My biggest thrill is winning games. The feeling after winning instead of losing changes your weekend. It is a long time since I felt as good as this, this regularly.”
“Your weeks, days, months are much better when things are going well. But we are in a different league now. Most people expect us to be where we are now.”
“I could not tell you if the fans chant my name. It is not something I worry about. If they are calling out the players’ names then we must be doing OK on the pitch.”
“There has been an incredible amount of changes. Through all of that we have had to get on with it, and the last year has been a big challenge for a lot of people.”
“Apart from these lads doing so well, what we are desperate to do is put the smiles back on the faces of these Newcastle supporters, who turn out in their thousands.”
Well Chris and the players have done that this season – put the smiles back on the faces of Newcastle United supporters – that’sso very true. 😀