Chris Hughton is an unlikely hero on Tyneside these days, but the man has transformed the Newcastle club since last July.
Chris Hughton – unlikely hero on Tyneside
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, who has seen home wins of 5-1, 4-1, 3-0 and 6-1 in the last four games at St. James’ Park will be given an improved contract in the summer if the club do get promoted.
And there’s not many fans who would argue that Chris and his coaches have turned the club aorund since last July, and he deserves a wage increase – and a big one at that.
If Chris had been a more ebullient character or a more famous name, he would have been receiving accolades galore for his achievements since he took over a team who were down in the dumps last July, and that’s putting it mildly.
You cannot argue with the Newcastle record of 72 points from 34 games and 21 wins, and a goal difference of +40, and 19 clean sheets. And we didn’t even mention the terrific team spirit he has instilled into the team.
And Chris has had to maneuver very carefully with the financial position at Newcastle not being all that great this season.
Chris talked today about the financial condition at the famous Newcastle club:
“Financially it has been very difficult for this club.”
“But at the time I’ve needed support, like in the window, I’ve gotten the support from the club, and I’ve got the players I wanted to bring in.”
“Was it my policy or the club’s not to spend big money and to buy younger players? It was a combination. I know I’m not going to be asking to bring in £10M players because I know where this club is at financially.”
“So it is trying to get the right formula. What we were able to bring in were players at a good age.” “There has to be a real thought process to anyone who comes in.”
“We knew we didn’t have to do too much to the squad but every request I had to bring in a player was met. That is all I could ask for.”
It seems sensible to look for really good buys like Chris did in January, and he’s made some very decent signings.
And we understand that Hughton already has his list of players drawn up for the summer in case Newcastle are promoted.
Hughton is nothing if not organized, and his calm demeanor and terrific work effort is certainly rubbing off on the players – and even some of the Geordie fans.
Keep it up Chris, you’re doing just great.