We have an unlikely hero at Newcastle this morning, whose personality is so much different from those other heroes at the club like Jackie Milburn, Malcolm MacDonald, Alan Shearer, Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson.
Chris Hughton – has calmed everything down on Tyneside
51 year-old Stratford, London-born Chris Hughton is an experienced coach, having spent 13 years from 1993 until 2007 at Tottenham as a coach in various positions.
That followed a playing career at the London club that spanned from 1997 until 1990, where he played over 300 times for Spurs.
And since he came to Newcastle in February of 2008, he was second in command to Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear and then when Alan Shearer came in last April, he was even demoted to 3rd in line as Alan brought in Iain Dowie to help him.
But Chris did those jobs with his usual quiet demeanor, and it’s unusual to have a Tyneside hero who has no ego.
But Chris doesn’t have an ego, and even seems embarrassed when he’s in the spotlight too much, but Newcastle fans this season have seen a man in charge who is as straight as an arrow, honest to the core, and with a work ethic like we’ve never seen before.
His quiet way of going about things has transformed the Newcastle United club this season, and unsavory events that happen off the field of play are now few and far between.
And when they do happen, like a couple of weeks ago between Carroll and Steven Taylor, the players circle the wagons and reporters get annoyed because they cannot make a bigger scandal out of it.
After all this is Newcastle.
So we think Chris may be a lot more skillful than people give him credit for, and it took Jackie Charlton a few weeks ago to come out and say that Chris knew football inside out.
So maybe this man is a diamond in the rough, and maybe he can do a lot better on Tyneside than Newcastle fans expect next season, and we’re not expecting too much, to be truthful.
But this has been a great story this season for the Newcastle club – and what’s that passage from the bible say – the meek shall inherit the earth.
Chris has certainly inherited the Newcastle United Football club this season – and few would argue with that.
We don’t know what will happen in the future, but nothing will ever take away this moment from a modest man, born and bred in London, who has achieved so much in such a short 10 months on Tyneside.
Long may he continue his success at Newcastle, and on behalf of Newcastle everywhere we say “Thank you Chris.”