Bobby Moncur has come out today and said he think that Chris Hughton is the right man for the permanent Newcastle job and should be appointed.
Chris Hughton – earned the job
With Hughton’s announcement as permanent boss thought to be made after the Doncaster game, the former great Newcastle captain told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I’ve said all along Chris has done a good job.” “If we go through more change now it could be hard for anybody else to pick up the season.”
“You would have to give them a honeymoon period, and by that time we could be too far adrift.” “If you go back to the beginning of the season, Chris has taken the team a long way.”
“He had a bunch of players who were disenchanted and we had lost some big players like Bassong and Beye.” “We had been relegated and heads were down, but Chris managed to pick them up.”
“He galvanised the side and that’s why they are where they are now. On that basis he’s done a good job.” “OK, the last four results have been poor, but other than that we’re still up there.”
“We’re still in there fighting and it would have been very easy for this club to have gone the other way this season.” “You look at Ipswich and they have had a dreadful start – imagine if we had to recover from that, it would be tough.”
Moncur thinks that the talk of Ashley staying on at the club certainly hasn’t helped Newcastle recently.
“It probably hasn’t helped.” “Once people start talking about giving you the job there always seems to be a bad run that follows – it’s almost like a curse.”
“Chris is now just looking for a good performance on Saturday against Doncaster which could take them back to the top of the league.”
“And if they do go back to the top of the pile going into November, I’m sure that’s a position we would have accepted back in August.” “We have to try to forget what has gone on in the last four games and get back to basics.”
“When you talk about playing smaller teams, the only thing smaller is the ground and perhaps the crowds.” “Scunthorpe are in that league on merit, as are Blackpool.”
“We think of them as small, but team-wise they are doing well.” “I thought Blackpool were a decent side.”
“You have to wait until you’ve played everybody in a given season before you decide whether they are good or bad.” “We’re only quarter of the way through the season, so we’ve got to just keep going.”
“For Mike Ashley, if he is going to stay, the big question for him is whether or not Chris is the man to take us forward if we get promotion back to the Premier League.”
“That’s a bigger test in the long-term.”
We have to believe that Chris has earned the job through the results he’s produced, but anything but a won on Saturday against Doncaster Rovers will cause ripples among Newcastle supporters, whether he is indeed the right man for the job.
We think he is, and at the very least it will mean we will have a single manager in charge this season, a big improvement on the topsy tervy times of last season, when we kept changing managers every few months.