Chris Hughton has one more season left on his current contract, and today has said he would like to stay at the Newcastle club for a long time.
Chris Hughton – wants to stay a long time at Newcastle
Chris has done a magnificent job this season and promotion could be tied up within the next two games, which are tomorrow at Peterborough United and then on Monday night, back at St. James’ Park, against a good looking Sheffield United side.
Chris has given an interview today with the local Newcastle Journal, and Chris was asked what the situation is with his contract:
“Surprisingly it’s not a big issue for me,” “I’ve got a year left on my contract and I’m sure I’ll be speaking with the owners and Derek Lambias, in the summer and we’ll see then, but it’s certainly for me not a big concern.”
We expect the club to give Chris and the other coaches, substantial raises in the summer once Newcastle have been promoted back to the Premier League.
With Chris bring unproven at the top league in England, we don’t know if Mike Ashley will be willing to extend Chris’s contract to say a couple of years this summer.
But if Chris does another good job next season, look for him to be given a good and substantial three year contract to keep him doing what he’s doing on Tyneside.
He’s an unlikely success story on Tyneside, but hey, if he gets the job done for the Newcastle club, that’s just fine by us.
Chris is a manager who’s willing to work within the financial and other constraints put in place by owner Mike Ashley, and he seems to fully support the Youth Policy which will be big for the Tyneside club in bringing through out future top players.
This time last year Hughton and Colin Calderwood had just been replaced by Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie, and we have since heard that Iain took over all the training, and Chris and Colin were very much relegated to being assistant coaches.
But as usual Chris was willing to do whatever he was asked to at Newcastle.
A win at Peterborough tomorrow, combined with a Nottingham Forest defeat or even a draw at at Bristol City, will mean the Magpies will win promotion.
A draw will mean Forest can get a maximum of 86 points which is what Newcastle will have with a win at Peterborough tomorrow.
We suppose mathematically it will still be possible over the last 5 games of the season for Forest to catch up on the Newcastle goal difference – but hardly likely at all.
Newcastle’s current goal difference is 46 and Forest’s is 21 so as far as we are concerned that would also mean promotion for Newcastle, because for Forest to have a chance of automatic promotion Newcastle would also need to lose every game in that scenario.
It’s just not going to happen.
Chris Hughton continued to talk about his time on Tyneside, which is just over two years, although it seems so much longer:
“For the two years I’ve been here, irrespective of the fact the end of last season was a difficult time with getting relegated, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it,”
“Would I like to stay for a good period of time? Yes, it’s a wonderful club. I’ve enjoyed the association I’ve had with this club and so far it’s been a good season for us. This is a club I would like to stay at.”
So you have it – Chris wants to stay for a long time on Tyneside, but who wouldn’t?
A lot will depend on how Chris does next year in the PL, when he’ll be up against some top managers like Alex Ferguson, Rafael Benetiz, Arsene Wenger, Roberto Mancinci and Carlo Ancelotti to name just five.