The last two poor results does not seem to have lessened the will of owner Mike Ashley to appoint Chris Hughton as the permanent Newcastle manager.
Chris Hughton – will become new Newcastle manager
Chris talked about the job today:
“The objective at the start of the season was to get this club promotion, and that hasn’t changed.”
“Talks are ongoing, but from both parties’ points of view, they want me to be the manager and I want to be the manager here.”
And Mike Ashley has held further talks with Newcastle businessman Barry Moat, although that may be a little bit of a waste of time, since one thing that’s become certain is that Moat just doesn’t have enough money to buy the club – even at an absolute bargain price of £80M.
However, no appointment will be made until it’s clear that Moat doesn’t have the money, although that’s been obvious for months now.
Middlebrough’s start to the season was not good enough for Chairman Steve Gibson, and of course he sacked manager Gareth Southgate, late on Tuesday night, following their 2-0 home win over Derby County.
The Teessiders were today said to be completing their plans to appoint former Celtic and Southampton boss Gordon Strachan, as Gareth Southgate’s replacement.
Hughton has said that he expects Southgate to return to management in the near future:
“There are certainly no surprises in this game. Gareth is a manager who has served the club very, very well.”
“He’s wonderful football person and I am quite sure it will not be long before he is plying his trade back in management. But there aren’t too many surprises these days.”
Unless there’s mammoth surprise and Moat can somehow strike a deal with Ashley, expect Chris Hughton to become permanent manager soon after the Doncaster Rovers game this Saturday, which we just must win.