Chris Hughton has deserved to be appointed Newcastle’s permanent manager – let’s make no mistake about that.
Chris Hughton – honor and privilege
Chris was the only man left standing on July 1st, after Ashley’s stupidities over the summer, and he quickly recruited Colin Calderwood and started training a bunch of players who just happened to be still at the club, after anyblody who could be sold was sold.
And now we’re top of the Championship – that’s a mini-miracle in itself.
The 50-year-old very experienced coach if not manager, is hoping the club can bounce back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.
We have to hope the coaching staff are on a massive bonus, if they can achieve that miracle – they would deserve every penny!
We say that because Chris is said to be on only arund £300K/year compared to some players like Alan Smith, Nicky Butt and Joey Barton who are on around £3M a year.
A million pounds bonus for promotion would be well earned by Chris – although he doesn’t seem to be motivated by money.
Chris is motivated to do well in his job – and he’s a great example to youngsters everywhere, the way he diligently goes about his job, day in and day out, and he’s earned the full respect of the Newcastle players, that’s for sure.
Hughton had been handed a contract until the end of the 2010/11 season and said today:
“It is a very, very proud day for me,”
“It is very much an honor and a privilege to be manager of this great football club.” “It has a tremendous tradition and I am delighted to follow in a great line of managers.”
“On a personal level, I am thrilled to have this opportunity because I have grown to love this football club since I arrived nearly two years ago.”
“But it is not about personal ambitions, the number one aim for everyone is to get this football back into the Premier League this season.”
And the thing with Chris is you know he means every word he says.
Just think – Chris joined the club in February of last year – and in the ten years since then – he has not wavered in his support of the club – and he’s served under Keegan, Kinnear and Shearer.
He’s almost the definition of complete loyalty, and we are hoping and praying that Chris can be successful at Newcastle.
If he does he will go down in the annals of this great club as a loyal servant – that great guy, from London no less, who got us promoted at the very first attempt – a miracle indeed.
Chris and his capable assistant Colin Calderwood, the remainder of the coaching staff, and all the players have our complete and utter support.
Howay The Lads!!