Gary Speed was on Tyneside on Monday night as the assistant manager of the Blades, who didn’t look too sharp in the second half on Monday night.
Gary Speed – Hughton is an inspiration to me
Unfortunately, the former Newcastle midfield star was sent from the dug-out following the penalty award to Newcastle just before half time – which he kept disputing with the referee.
And to think we thought Gary was a Newcastle fan. 😀
But Gary is delighted that Newcastle have quickly returned to the premiership, because the longer a club is down, the more difficult it becomes to get back up.
Gary is learning his trade in the coaching field, and he has said that he respects Chris Hughton, who spent 13 years at Spurs learning his trade, which he is now using to excellent effect at Newcastle.
Gary told the Evening Chronicle today:
“They’re back where they belong, which is very important. The longer you stay down, the harder it is to get up. They’re back where they and the fans belong, and it’s fantastic.”
“In hindsight, what happened last season will be a good learning curve in the sense they’ll go up and be stronger for it. I’m delighted they’re back up at the first time of asking.”
“They seem to have a fantastic team spirit – that counts for a lot. If they can carry that into the Premier League and if the off-the-field stuff is in order, which I’m sure it will be, it’s an opportunity for Newcastle, which is brilliant.”
Speed has assisted former Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell, and should be picking up some good experience in coaching with his next step being to take over a club as manager.
Gary has everything it takes to be a good manager and coach and we had always thought that he would assist Shearer if Alan ever gets back into management.
But we have to think that Shearer needs to do what Gary is doing, and learn the business from the bottom up, if he really wants to become a fully fledged manager.
Of course Chris Hughton was number two for a long long long time, and it was a surprise when Hughton got another chance at Newcastle last July, but the London-born manager has grasped the opportunity with both hands.
Gary continued and talked about what an inspiration Chris is to him right now:
“Chris is an inspiration to me, especially with me being a coach now.” He was a coach for a long time. He did his apprenticeship, and it’s obviously stood him in good stead.”
“It’s a difficult job – make no bones about it – but he’s done it exceptionally well, and thoroughly deserves what he’s got.”
It seems that those in the game know what a fantastic job Chris has done in his first season in one of the most difficult and challenging jobs in English football.
We have to hope that this is just a start for Chris Hughton – the perfect gentleman.