Rather amazingly there are still some fans who want a big name manager in at Newcastle, even though Chris Hughton has done a magnificent job for the club this season.
Chris Hughton – good enough for us
Thinking of some big name managers Newcastle have had in the recent past – Ruud Gullit, Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness were all hopeless for the club, and not one lasted more than 18 months.
What we want at Newcastle is a manager who can bring the club together, generate the team spirit that great Newcastle teams of the past have always had, and get the team winning while playing good football.
That’s what Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan did, and at least in his first season as manager in the England second division, that’s what Chris has done.
We don’t care in the slightest what color or creed the manager is – because it makes no difference at all, and if he’s a quiet gentleman like Chris Hughton, then so be it.
This is what Chris told the Journal today about whether he would remain quiet in the Premier League:
“Its not a question of me being quiet,”
“Everyone has different opinions. Some will have the opinion that it should be a particular type of manager who is in charge.
“Others will have the opinion that I’m doing a wonderful job and I deserve to be in this position.”
“What I can’t do anything about is change peoples opinions. All I can do is do the best I can and doing the best I can will hopefully give this club further achievements.”
“This season the aim was to achieve promotion. That’s all I can do.” “It’s not a question of preferring to be quiet – you go through all the divisions, look at the managers and everyone is different.”
“Everyone works in different ways but the only thing a manager will be judged on will be what he achieves.”
“We are at a club, a high-profile club, and that is something I have got used to,” “I have accepted it and it goes with the territory.”
We’re not sure any manager could have created a better record this season than Chris has at Newcastle, so he’s obviously deserved his chance in the Premiership, and it would be crass and stupid to appoint another manager after Chris has dug the club out of a self-inflicted deep hole.
And we have to remember that what fans have wanted in the past has not always turned out good for the club.
We were all delighted when Ruud Gullit was appointed, back in 1998, but it was Ruud’s egotistical personality that got him into trouble on Tyneside, and he never produced the results on the field, and decimated the dressing room.
We like results, and in any job you either have results, or the reasons (excuses) you didn’t get the results, it’s really that simple.
You only have to listen to managers complaining about the referee after their team has lost (reason they were defeated) to see this in operation every week.
And Chris is very willing to be judged by his results at Newcastle.
That’s good enough for us.