Fromer Spurs’ manager Marttin Jol has come out today and heaped praise on Newcastle’s soon to be announced new manager – Chris Hughton.
Martin Jol – former Spurs’ manager
Hughton and Jol, working together, came agonisingly close to taking Tottenham to the European Champions League.
Newcastle fans might forget that Chris served 11 years as a coach at Tottenham Hotspur, after playing over 300 games for the north London side, and his experience is quite vast in the field of coaching, and he is extremely well respected in the coaching business.
He’s also a tremendous guy, as we all know, although that will not help him much, unless we start winning games again – soon. 😀
Now, with Hughton expected to get his first chance as a full time manager, his former colleague Martin Jol feels the appointment is richly deserved.
The Dutchman told the Evening Chronicle from his home in Amsterdam today:
“It is never easy at Newcastle United.” (he got that right!) “Chris Hughton has had to pick up the pieces after the team has been relegated.”
“It’s terrific what he is doing now.” “He deserves the chance to continue the good work he’s done so far.”
Jol feels that Chris’ coaching work at Spurs proves he has the credentials to be a full-time manager, and the former Hamburg, RKC Waalwijk and Roda JC manager admitted that Hughton played a major part in Spurs’ emergence as a top-five outfit,m when Jol was at the club.
“We worked together for around three and a half years, which is a fair amount of time, and we had a great time working together as a unit.”
“We finished twice in fifth position which was the best we could do given the big four in England.” “It was a remarkable achievement and, of course, Chrissie played his part in this.”
“I think he is a great person and he really deserves the accolades he gets.” “He is a serious person who really lives football.” “So why not?”
Well it would now be a real surprise if in fact Chris doesn’t get the Newcastle job full time.
And although he is not the choice of a lot of Newcastle fans, let’s support Chris as best we can, and try to male him as successful as possible, and maybe he can indeed get us back to the Premier League.
That would be a tremendous accomplishment given what he started with on July 1st.
Nobody can ever accuse Chris and Colin Calderwood of not working their socks off in the attempt to make Newcastle successful this season, and we cannot ask for much more than that.
We badly need a win today against Doncaster.
Howay The Lads!!