Sensational news reported late last night that Mike Ashley has had a falling out with Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, who is said to have already left the Tyneside club.
Chris Hughton – not really surprised at his sacking
This is almost unbelievable as Chris has almost succeeded in seeing Newcastle back into the Premier League at his first attempt, but there has been a huge reported blow-up between manager and owner.
We understand that over the last few weeks there has been tension between the two men, and inside sources have revealed it’s due to some average performances recently put in by the side.
There is also some talk that the reason Chris has been fired is so that Newcastle are free to go after Jose Mourinho this summer,
It seems that Jose is determined to leave Inter-Milan and initial contact made by the club suggests he would jump at the chance to join Newcastle United, the home town club of his former mentor, the great Bobby Robson.
While Newcastle seem to have been doing well in the league, it seems that it wasn’t good enough for Mike Ashley and particularly for Managing Director Derek Llambias.
Derek explained the sacking late last night:
“This has been brewing for some time.””While we have been generally pleased with what Chris and the team have done this season, we have been rather disappointed at the recent dropping of points at both Middlesbrough and Bristol City.”
“We also believe that Newcastle should have scored more goals than just two on Monday night, so Mike decided now was the right time to make the change.”
“We are already looking at a replacement and have a short list of three with Jose Morinho our preferred choice, but Sven Eriksson and Fabio Capello – if he leaves the England job after the World Cup – are also in with a chance.”
“Rafael Benittez called last night when he heard the news, but we had to tell him his record at Liverpool wouldn’t cut the mustard at Newcastle and we would not consider him for the Newcastle position.”
“It was really tough to watch a grown man cry so so much, but what more can i say?”
When contacted late last night at his home in Newcastle, Chris Hughton was magnanimous about his rather sudden and dramatic dismissal, and issued the following statement through the LMA (League Managers Association):
“This may be a surprise to Newcastle supporters, but I saw it coming over the last two or three weeks. Those two away draws were just not good and I knew it at the time.”
“And Monday night was basically it, because I knew Mike would be disappointed at only a two goal win against a side we really should have torn apart.”
“But I accept the decision and will be saying farewell to the players tomorrow morning at the Benton training grounds.:
“Yes, I hope to back into management again, maybe with a Conference club – if they’ll have me.”
We expected that from Chris, who has always been a gentleman while managing Newcastle on a permanent basis since last October, and to think we thought he had done quite well this season.
It’s so hard to explain this rather surprising news, other than to say that Alan Shearer was appointed manager on this same day last year – April 1st.