Jack Charlton knew Chris Hughton during his playing days, because Hughton played for Jack when Charlton managed the Ireland National side.
Chris Hughton – he’s an excellent manager
In an interview today Jack seems to have nothing bad at all to say about the Londoner, both when he was a player way back when, and now he is manager of Newcastle United.
Jack Charlton talked about Chris today:
“It seems like everybody in Newcastle is surprised.”
“Chris was a background boy and more of a trainer and looking after things on the training pitch.”
“He was more instituted than anything.” “But he’s proved himself to be a good manager, a good number one and he deserves some credit.”
“Chris for me was a great lad, he was my left-back and played for me on several occasions for the Irish national team.” “He was terrific.”
Hughton has been at St. James’ Park for just over two years, but it has been the most calamitous two years in Newcastle’s great history, and it’s equivalent to 10 years at any normal football club.
But Chris has stayed loyal to the club through all the uproar.
The great Kevin Keegan brought Chris to Tyneside, and Chris has been interim manager three times since then, and also served under managers Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer as well as Kevin himself.
“I was delighted when somebody gave him an opportunity at Newcastle because he is a very knowledgeable lad.”“He knows the game inside out.” “And he can be good for Newcastle.”
“It looked like at one point we were going to get somebody who is a big name.” “For me that’s Chris Hughton.”
“He is a big name, he was a big player at Tottenham Hotspur and he’s played in the World Cup finals and the European Championships.”
“I like Chris, I think he’s a very nice lad.” “Every single Newcastle supporter needs to know that.”
“If they met Chris they’d like him, he’s smashing and I honestly, if I think about it, can’t say nothing bad about him.”
There was even talk that if Hughton gets Newcastle promoted, Newcastle can then bring in a big-name manager, but there has been little of that recently.
Most Newcastle fans know that Chris deserves his chance if Newcastle get back to the Premiership, although his record last season was hardly good.
But we must realize he has now built his own team, and some of the players he’s looking to bring in during the summer look good, and his four buys in January were all savvy signings.
“He’s not what I call a shouter, he never was like that.”
“He just knows the business and knows what to say to people at the right times.”
“I’m glad he’s had an opportunity to show that he knows the game.”
Although Chris is a very unlikely manager for the Newcastle club, we wouldn’t put it past him to get Newcastle into a decent position in the Premiership next season.
Hughton has a solid squad right now, and he knows he needs more good players in the summer, but his handling of the squad and his players has been first class.
And if Chris can bring some success to Tyneside, Newcastle fans are only too willing to give him their support, given the terrible disasters of the last two years.