The Newcastle club is still up for sale and Barry Moat may still be able to get the money together to buy the club outright from the hapless Mike Ashley, although we doubt it.
Clueless Mike Ashley – when will he go?
But Chris Hughton is only too willing to take the manager job at Newcastle even though Mike Ashley is still trying to sell the club.
Any delay in appointing Chris could signal that the club is about to be sold, and with news that visiting Newcastle fans tried to attack Mike Ashley at Scunthorpe after the game on Tuesday night, Mike may realize – finally – his time is up on Tyneside.
Apparently Hughton’s thrashed out the final details of a deal with managing director Derek Llambias last week, which will replace his existing coaching contract.
“The impression I am under is that the club is still available for sale.” “A lot of people felt that the sale might have happened by now. But as far as I am aware the situation hasn’t changed.”
“The important thing for me is to be given the opportunity to take this group of lads back into the Premier League. That is what drives me on. Winning promotion would be the proudest achievement of my career.”
“The key thing for me is they want me here and I want to be here. It is a very nice feeling.” “I don’t want to speak about the actual contract. I already had a contract which runs until the end of next season.”
With Gareth Southgate being sacked last Tuesday night, that hasn’t seemed to deter Chris from wanting the hot seat at Newcastle either:
“The Gareth Southgate sacking hasn’t put me off going into management. Two managers gone in the last week and two the week before,”
“But it is part of the game you learn to accept if you are interested in being a manager. It is a precarious business.”
We’ll have to see if there’s any announcement on Chris being appointed full time manager in the next day or so.
But it would seem silly to appoint him if the club is about to be sold, so any delay in the announcement could well signal that Barry Moat has managed to put the money iogether to buy the club – maybe.