It looks like Chris Hughton will be installed as the new manager after next Saturday’s home game with Doncaster Rovers – so first things first – let’ s hope we can win that game.
Chris Hughton – can get the lads promoted – that’s job one!
The question that will be on everybody’s minds now is does the low key Chris Hughton have what it takes to become a manager at a club where some big names like Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullet, Graeme Souness and Glenn Roeder have all failed miserably?
We always thought Chris was a very good coach, but when he took over the side last season they invariably lost nearly every game, and he looked completely out of his depth.
But there again, even when Alan Shearer came in he was unable to turn it around as far as the results went.
However, Alan did make some excellent changes behind the scenes, to set Newcastle on the right track for the future – but that seemed to scare the life out of Mike Ashley, who then refused to appoint Alan as permanent manager.
Chris will know he’s working for Ashley and LLambias, who have been found out in the Keegan Tribunal as liars, plain and simple, but that doesn’t seem to affect Chris, whose work ethic is an example to everybody.
It;s hard not to like a guy who took over a terribly difficult job on July 1st and has amazingly forged a successful team – so far – and has never complained about anything – ever.
The man just gets on with the job, and he knows the job this season is to try to win every game and he gets upset, as he did on Saturday when the team falls short.
Chris has had 32 years at the top, and his long coaching career has set him in good stead for this job, which he has quite rightly said is an honor for him.
We doubt Chris can be successful at Newcastle long term, but if he can serve as manager while the hapless Mike Ashley still owns the club, and can get the very best out of what he has, and get the lads promoted this season, that’s all we ask.
If he can do that he’ll have been successful in our eyes, and we’re sure Chris himself, with the help of the very able Colin Calderwood and the rest of the coaching staff will know they have done the job – and done it well.
Once we are promoted though and once Mike Ashley sells the club we would expect a higher profile manager to be appointed.
But that’s the next stage in all of this and will not detract from the fantastic job Chris will have done if he can see us back to the Premier League.
Now’s the time for the great Newcastle fans to support the manager and the players – because they have deserved that this season – we need promotion – and right now – that’s all that matters.
Howay The Lads!!