Chris Hughton is certain he will be appointed permanent manager at Newcastle in the next day or two, even though negotiations are said to be continuing with Barry Moat to buy the club.
Chris Hughton – Newcastle manager soon
These slow moving negotiations with Moat seem to have been going on for years – that’s what it seems like – and it will be a huge surprise if anything comes of them now.
Chris seemed a proud man today, as he talked of the Newcastle job:
“I am massively proud. I spent a long time at Spurs, which is a great football club, and this is a great football club. How many teams are going to play Doncaster, with respect to Doncaster, and have a 43,000 gate?”
“I’m pretty confident that, if we manage to stay at the right end of the table, we will be approaching a full house this season.”
“This club gets under your skin massively, the club and the people. I’ve had great responses from everybody from day one, even in the difficult periods.”
“I know the way I’m perceived possibly changes when I become full-time manager and there will be a little bit more pressure, but it will be an incredibly proud moment for me – as proud as any other moment in my career.”
“My priority has been to get these games out of the way. There is an offer there and I want to be manager of this football club. I expect it to be done in days. I’m quite sure it will be done.”
Hughton’s appointment has of course divided the opinion on Tyneside.
There’s no doubt the vast majority of fans would have preferred to see Alan Shearer as the permanent manager, but as long as Ashley is still at the club, Alan will not be coming back.
Of course Mike Ashley is already n borrowed time on Tyneside, but why some big consortium hasn’t come along and taken the club off his hands for £80M is a complete mystery to us.
But if Chris manages to get us promoted, the club could be sold and Alan could be brought in as manager in the summer, which is the likely outcome.
We’d love to see Chris stay at the club if that happens, but he will be in big demand by other Championship clubs, if he is successful in getting Newcastle promoted, and it will indeed be a proud moment for the Londoner.
But of course a couple more bad results and Chris he will be under terrific pressure, but to Chris’ advantage he seems to be able to put up with the white heat that accompanies the manager job at Newcastle – and that will never change.