It’s a statement you get to see in business schools – when things in business are really bad where’s the opportunity.
Chris Hughton took his opportunity
And it’s true not only in business but in life in general.
When things are really tough, there’s a big opportunity around somewhere.
And one great example of that is to go back to July 1st last year, when the Newcastle club was in complete disarray – let’s be honest.
We had no permanent manager and fans were clamoring for Alan Shearer to get the job, and we were all wondering who would take the training when the players returned.
Just go back for a moment and remember how bad things really were at that time – pretty bad right?.
And then not to the particular delight of the Newcastle fans, owner Mike Ashley once again turned to Chris Hughton – who had already taken on the manager role twice before in the previous season.
The first time was after Kevin Keegan walked out at the club a year last September, and the second time was when Joe Kinnear had his heart problems in early February.
Both times Chris had come in. seemingly rather reluctantly, and had hardly performed well at all.
And then on April 1st – April Fool’s Day – Mike Ashley turned to Alan Shearer to save the club and we all thought we were saved.
But then the disaster actually took place, and we were relegated.
So when Chris took over last July, we were all waiting to see who the real new manager would be – because Chris was just the stand-in, and not a very good one at that.
The pre-season wasn’t a breeze, and to allay fears of impending disaster in ther Championship, we somehow managed to be taken apart 6-1 at Leyton Orient, of all places.
Then when the season started, the lads won five of their six games in August and we were suddenly top of the league – would you believe it?
Since then Chris has gone from strength to strength and this Londoner, who will take absolutely nothing for granted, and is low key and pragmatic has nevertheless transformed the Newcastle club.
So much so that Newcastle are are now actually making headlines for all the right reasons – what they are doing on the pitch – like the 6-1 win at home to Barnsley on Saturday.
Chris has the team 8 points clear at the top of the Championship, and things are so rosy on Tyneside, and Chris seemingly has performed a miracle.
Come to think about it – if you made the above story up – nobody would believe it, so it should be a good book to write for somebody, and it has an unlikely hero in Chris Hughton.
So the above is at the very least a good example in real life that when things seem at their lowest ebb, there’s an opportunity somewhere.
Howay The Lads!!