The BBC and almost every other news outlet is reporting this afternoon that Newcastle United caretaker boss Chris Hughton has confirmed he is in talks to become the Tyneside club’s permanent manager.
Chris Hughton - new permanent Newcastle manager
Hughton, who is 50, is now in his third spell as caretaker manager since joining the club as first team coach under former manager Kevin Keegan in February of 2008.
While he’s only be on Tyneside a short 20 months – it must seem like 10 years with everything Chris had been through, and yet never one complaint from the man.
Chris has served under three different managers at the club – Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer.
Hughton told BBC Radio Newcastle this afternoon:
“Discussions have taken place, and hopefully discussions will continue,” .
“An opportunity to turn it from a temporary role to a full-time role is very exciting for me.”
“We’ve had a good start to the season and that gives you optimism and confidence,”
“It’s a good reaction I’ve got from most quarters so it gives you more of a lift to take this job and, of course, complete this job.”
This must mean that the Barry Moat bid will just not happen, and that Mike has decided, as he said he would, to make Chris the full time manager, which is not surprising since Chris has done very well in his caretaker capacity since last July. Few would argue with that, and he seems to have earned the position.
Colin Calderwood will also be expected to get a permanent contract as Chris’ assistant at the club.
In another interview this afternoon here is what Chris told Metro:
“I am honoured to be offered the job.” “We are still in negotiations, but it is something we hope will get resolved.”
“I have always felt that the manager’s situation was an issue, but not the most important one. Getting results has been the most important thing.”
“Once we have got Scunthorpe and Doncaster out of the way, we will have discussions with Derek Llambias.”
“It will involve moving from caretaker to manager on a full-time basis.” “They have indicated to me that they want to turn it from a temporary role to a permanent one.”
We need a win tomorrow night at Scunthorpe though – that’s the most important thing right now, as Chris rightly says, and this appointment could act as a spur to the players, who have wanted Chris installed as permanent boss for some time now.
But it does mean that Mike Ashley will be around at least until the summer, and that’s not good news, although it will help to settle things down at the club. We would now hope Mike would do two things that would help to rehabilitate himself on Tyneside
- Appoint an experienced Chairman who knows how to run a football club, and get rid of Derek LLambias, who is clueless after all
- Give Chris some transfer money in January to help the squad become stronger – it will be worthwhile to Mike long term, if the team gets promoted this season, and would seem to be an excellent investment
Doing these two things would further help the club to stabilize under Chris Hughton as the new manager.