Chris Hugthon seems keen to reach a quick agreement with owner Mike Ashley when they meet for talks later this week that could see him become permanent manager at the famous Newcastle United club.
Chris Hughton – a privilege to manage Newcastle United
Chris should discuss what – if any – transfer funds are available, but we would think the appointment will only be through the end of the season, although his current contract as coach has a further year to run.
Chris talked further about the Newcastle job today:
“Mike’s comments about my position are very positive,”
“The indication that I have been given by the club is that they would like to have discussions with me regarding my position at the club and I take that to mean they would like to turn a temporary role into a permanent one.”
“I am honored to be offered the job, we are still in negotiations, it is something we hope will get resolved.”
The development, as we mentioned yesterday, suggests that Ashley has given up on trying to sell to Tyneside businessman Barry Moat, who just doesn’t seem to have even the £80M up front money.
With the good results and the low key but effective way Chris has been able to get the best out of most of the players this seaosn, there has been a growth of support for Hughton among Newcastle fans.
However, it’s unclear right now just how much power he will have on incoming and outgoing transfers, but that’s what the talks with Ashley and Llambias should determine.
He is said to be hoping to reach an agreement with Ashley and LLambias, even before this weekend’s game with Doncaster Rovers:
“For me, it’s not about demands.” “First and foremost any offer from this club to manage them I see very much as a privilege,”
“Until I get into those discussions there are a lot of areas I don’t know.” “I’ve taken it at face value.” “Any offer for me to manage the club, for me it is a positive.”
“It’s a privilege to me and testament to what’s happened so far this season. All the other things around the club, it’s impossible for me to speak about because I haven’t had those discussions.”
“I’ve been in the city long enough to recognize what Alan Shearer has done for this club and for this city. Any offer to myself is in recognition of the work I have done and that would be my only focus.”
“What I’m most excited about is that although we’ve gone through a difficult couple of weeks with the results we’ve got, the large majority of the season has been very positive.”
“The prospect of keeping this team in the top end of this division with the possibility of promotion – those are the things that excite me very much. The fineties (sic) of the role, it’s impossible for me to discuss because I haven’t had those discussions yet.”
If Chris can get the lads promoted that would be success with a capital S, and it would be a tremendous achievement for Chris and the coaching staff – make no mistake about that – and they know it.
If he can do that Chris will go down in the annals of Newcastle United history as that low key non-complaining gentleman, remembered for bringing the club straight back to the Premier League, when everything over the summer looked like a lost cause.
That is something that should inspire Chris to do the impossible – and we think he can do just that.