It’s hard to argue with Chris Hughton’s record or the job he has done at Newcastle 4 months and he has been rewarded with successive Championship Manager of the Month awards.
Chris Hughton – just carries on as usual
If this record had been achieved by say Alan Shearer, everybody would have been gushing what a great manager he was, but the credits have been a little muted for Chris, as Newcastle fans still wonder if the good start to the season can be maintained.
Certainly after the complete and utter mess that owner Mike Ashley brought onto the famous club over the summer, the start so far has been little short of miraculous, to be honest.
And Chris today again talked about the uncertainty that has surrounded both him, the players and the club since he took over as interim manager on July 1st:
“None of us know what is going to happen next week or the week after, so it allows me to focus on each individual game as if it will be my last,”
“I’m enjoying doing this job, but there is no permanent position to apply for, so there is no point in worrying about the future.”
“My position is likely to alter if the ownership of the club changes, but that has been the situation for some time. I’m comfortable with the way things are just now and with the results going well, it has been an enjoyable experience so far.”
“You read things in the newspaper every day about what might or might not happen with the owners, but I cannot worry about it. To be honest, they don’t have to tell me what is going on off the field because I am employed to work as a coach at Newcastle and to try and get results on the field. What happens off the field is none of my business.”
“Am I surprised by how well we have done? I didn’t really know what to expect when we started pre-season training in the summer, but I felt things were moving in the right direction by the time we played our first game at West Bromwich Albion.”
“It was good to start in a high profile game against a fellow relegated side as it meant the dip in the level we are playing at didn’t seem quite so big, but the test was always going to come against the hardened Championship sides. So far, we have done okay in those games, but we all know there is a hell of a long way to go.”
“It feels great to be sitting on top of the table, but the amount of games in this league means these are still very early days. I could be forgiven for thinking I’m doing okay at the moment, but someone mentioned we still have 35 league games and 105 points still to play for.”
“On that basis, being top in October doesn’t mean too much. We have to keep our feet on the floor and make sure we don’t think we have cracked it just yet.”
And if the club is sold and a new manager comes in, while we’d like to see Chris and his assistant Colin Calderwood stay on Tyneside, Hughton has done more than enough to confirm he would be a worthy candidate for a full-time management position elsewhere and we think he’s get offers from other clubs to come in as manager.
But if that does eventually happen it would be a huge risk for the club since there would be no guarantee at all that Newcastle’s form would continue under a new manager, who would impose a different playing style on the lad This is one of the things that was wrong last season as we had 5 changes in management during the season. Will we never learn?
You would think that would be as crazy move by the club, but don’t forget this is Newcastle, after all.
“I have this caretaker tag before my name, but I have started to feel like the Newcastle boss in the last few weeks and the results we are getting cannot have done my reputation as a manager any harm at all,”
“Being the top man at a club is a stressful position and I have found the workload pretty intense at times, but I have started to enjoy it more and more as the results have come for us. The rewards for a victory are fantastic when you are a manager and hopefully we have plenty more of those to look forward to over the course of this season.”
“Who knows how long I will stay in this job, but I’ll enjoy the ride while I’m here.”
Quite honestly we would be happy for Chris and Colin to remain in charge for the full season now because, as we’ve said before, why fix something that just isn’t broken?