Alan Oliver in the People is reporting today that Chris Hughton will become the new permanent manager of Newcastle United.
Chris and Colin – now permanently employed at Newcastle
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley was bravely part of the St James’ Park crowd yesterday, as Newcastle had a disappointing 0-0 draw with Bristol City.
The decision to pay Kevin Keegan £2M for his constructive dismissal case will hopefully have removed a few logs from the log-jam at Newcastle, so the club can move forward to more important things.
One seems to be that Mike will now appoint Chris as the permanent manager of the club – something he has earned over the last 3 months.
And Colin Calderwood, Chris’s able assistant and former manager of Nottingham Forest, will also be rewarded with a full time contract.
Colin has still been working on a week-to-week basis as first team coach, since he was quickly hired to assist Chris on July 1st.
A Newcastle source told People Sport:
“Chris is actually under contract for another couple of seasons, but only as a coach.”
“He’ll welcome having that caretaker tag removed and continue with the job of getting the club back into the Premier League.”
The fact that Chris was the coach at Newcastle is one of the main reasons he was handed the job as caretaker boss in the summer, since few others were available.
However, few will argue with the great job he has done so far, as he has rejuvenated both the team and many of our players.
And he has also handled his duties with class and professionalism – something that the Newcastle fans appreciate after the nonsense the tribunal disclosed last Friday.
Newcastle have until Friday to pay Kevin Keegan his £2M, but remember that when Sam Allardyce was sacked he got around £4M, so Kevin hasn’t come off too good in this financially, even though he claimed just over £25M from the Newcastle club, which would have completely crippled the club financially.
That would have been the Newcastle club crippled and not Mike Ashley by the way, as Kevin’s case was brought against the club and not the owner.
After all, Kevin was on a lucrative £3M/year and his contract still had 3 years to run.
And whether he likes it or not a significant proportion of the Newcastle fans still think he should not have just walked out on the club and left them in the lurch for a second time.
Local writers have come out since Friday against Kevin’s cavalier actions, and he will never recover from the stigma of that second walk-out at Newcastle. That’s not an opinion – those are the facts.
And it looks like Ashley is still cutting down on the personnel at the club, to cull the wages, and news that the club’s program editor Paul Tully was sacked on Wednesday from his £40K a year job after 14 years.
We have to hope that Ashley doesn’t make too many changes at the club, and that he will sell the club soon and leave Newcastle, so we can all start the repair process from both his disastrous ownership, and the eruption with Keegan of a year last September that has had a dark cloud over the club ever since.
We have to start getting the club back in the Premier League this season as job one, and from now on the club itself must come first and foremost.