Chris Hughton will not have to work for a Director of Football at Newcastle, but since it failed dramatically when Dennis Wise was here (what a disaster), that’s hardly surprising – even for Mike Ashley.
Mike Ashley – no Director Of Football
A Newcastle source told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Chris has done a fantastic job and Mike is delighted with what he has achieved so far this season.”
“It’s unlikely that they’ll go back to a director of football, which means that Chris should get some say when it comes to bringing in new faces.”
“But everybody knows that Mike will get the final word on whether it is financially viable to bring players in, and Chris will be working on a limited budget.”
We’ll never forget when 13 months ago Kevin Keegan walked out on Newcastle, after he was put in an almost impossible situation by Ashley and his cohorts after a series of rows with Dennis Wise over player recruitment.
Wise left United on April 1st, the same day Alan Shearer came in as manager, and Alan demanded that Wise be fired, which he was.
It looks like Hughton and Colin Calderwood will be given freedom to select their own transfer and loan targets – but there will not be much transfer money if Ashley stays which seems almost certain now. 🙁
This will be the system that has been in place since Hughton was appointed caretaker boss on July 1st, and done so well.
Hughton made some good decisions to bring in Danny Simpson, Zurab Khizanishvili and Marlon Harewood on loan and free transfer Peter Lovenkrands. These are all good signings by Chris.
And apparently Hughton turned down an offer from the Newcastle Board to bring in Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink at the end of August, but we don’t think much of the player and we’re pleased he didn’t make it to Newcastle (our opinion only).
Hughton said today:
“Colin has done a wonderful job here.” “It’s fair that once the discussions have taken place there will be lots of things around it that become clearer.”
“Yes, the club have offered me something.” “And they have told me they want to turn it from a temporary one into a permanent one.”
“I am delighted by that. It will be a plus to get it resolved in the near future.” “I have always said I will do it for as long as I am asked to.”
“But to manage this club is a honor for anybody – and certainly me.”
Chris and Colin have done great so far, but now they need to keep it up – with or without the help of a certain Mike Ashley and his cohorts.