The News Of The World is reporting today that Newcastle United will open talks with Chris Hughton, their manager, to discuss a contract extension in May, once the Championship season is over.
Calderwood and Hughton – pay these guys what they are worth!
Hughton and Colin Calderwood, the assistant manager, both have one more year left on the contracts they signed last October.
That deal for Hughton was reported to be around £200K/year, and made Chris one of the lower paid managers in the top two divisions of English football.
When you consider Chris is handling players like Barton, Smith, Butt, Nolan, Collocini and others who are getting more than 15 times those wages, we would hope that Chris and Colin will get substantial raises.
They deserve them.
Sam Allardyce and Kevin Keegan were both getting £3M/year to manage the Newcastle club.
But we would expect the extension to initially be for just one year, so Chris and Colin will have two seasons to prove themselves in the Premiership.
Mike Ashley will be in direct discussions with Chris, but we would hope there would be no problems with those discussions.
We have to hope that Mike will be loose with the purse strings – at least for Chris and Colin – since they have saved him about £100M on the value of his club, Newcastle United.
We would also hope that Chris and Colin get a bonus for getting Newcastle promoted this season, and would have expected some clause in the contracts they signed last October that covered that.
The new news is that Hughton is hoping for a 3 year deal, so he can plan ahead and continue to build up the Tyneside club, and bring on the many younger players at Newcastle, who will improve over the next year or two.
Hughton is now 51, and only got the caretaker job last July, because the club was up for sale, and Ashley didn’t want to appoint a permanent manager, as the new owners would want the freedom to bring in their own manager.
But once it was clear that Ashley couldn’t sell the club, Mike appointed Chris full time last October, but by that time Newcastle had been doing really well in the league and were already top of the Championship.
Not only that, but the players were showing some great team spirit and fight – and that was something that was almost non-existent last season.
Since October, things have gone from good to great, and since the end of October, when Chris was appointed full time manager, Newcastle have lost just one league game at Derby in February, but in the 14 games since that defeat, have won 11 and drawn 3.
Newcastle are now certain to win the Championship, and already have 95 points with 9 points still to play for.
If anybody deserved a good deal from Newcastle it’s Chris Hughton, and his talented assistant coach Colin Calderwood.
Hughton has proved this season that he may have built up his experience and ability over his 14 years as an assistant coach, to become a solid manager, at a club that needs stability.
It’s hard to think how any manager at Newcastle this season could have done any better.
What do you think?