I was contacted by the Newcastle United Arabian Web-Site a couple of weeks ago, and they asked me 25 questions on Newcastle United.
Chris Hughton – will he continue at Newcastle
I’m always delighted to do things like this, because one of the goals of this site is to bring the many Newcastle United fans together, from all over the world.
It also gives those supporters back in the homeland on Tyneside, an appreciation of just how many supporters there exist word-wide for the famous Newcastle United club – you’d be surprised at just how many there are.
All 25 questions and answers were published on the Arabian site, and today I’ve selected just two from that long list, one about Chris Hughton and one on the Newcastle United Supporters Trust.
I may publish some other answers in the future.
Question 2 – What is your opinion about Chris Hughton as a Newcastle manager ? And do you want him to stay as a manager for the team if Newcastle promote to the premier league next season ?
I think Chris is a very experienced coach, who has served his time as it were with coaching. Chris got an excellent grounding at Tottenham, where he also played of course from 1977 until 1990.
I’ve been surprised he has done so well in management, but he’s a down to earth guy, takes nothing for granted, and has formed the lads he had left last summer into a tough squad.
They are full of fight and spirit, which is more than we had last season – one reason we were relegated.
If Newcastle are promoted it’s hard not to give Chris a chance to manage in the Premier league.
It will depend a lot on whether Mike Ashley sells the club in the summer – but if he doesn’t I can see Chris managing the club next season – hopefully in the Premier League.
Question 7 – The NUST Project is to buy the club ,and they have collected half of the amount needed. Do you think that this stuff will work? And If it works , what is your view and your prediction about their way to manage with the club management?
Well I doubt if they’ve collected half of what’s needed.
They say they have around £50M in commitments and apparently lawyers have told them they’ll get half of that – so £25M – and that sounds about right.
But if Newcastle do get promoted it will take all of £200M to buy the club.
I think they are blazing a trail, and that’s always difficult, and always gets criticized, but I’ve had some contact with them – and they are very straight about things – and truly want to do what’s best for the club – and it’s hard to argue with that.
In my opinion if they can get £50M, and buy some of the club, and most importantly get somebody on the Newcastle board to represent our supporters – that would be a fantastic start.
After that anything would be possible.
OK – that’s it – your comments on both subjects are always welcome.