When the celebrations this afternoon have all finished, Hughton is scheduled to hold talks with owner Mike Ashley and Chairman Derek Llambias, to talk through the club’s transfer budget and the possibility of a contract extension for the Newcastle manager.
Mike Ashley greets Chris Hughton – thanks for saving my bacon!
There’s no doubt that Chris has saved the Newcastle club this season, and has therefore saved Mike Ashley’s bacon on Tyneside.
Chris has done everything and more that’s been asked of him this season, and he talked about the discussions that will be upcoming with Mike and Derek:
“I’ve always wanted to wait until what I regard as the important business is done – securing promotion and winning the Championship,”
“We’ve had meetings. but that’s normal I’d have meetings with Derek quite regularly. The bigger meetings as you might put it for the bigger issues we’ll be having.”
“I wanted to leave any talk of contracts until after that. I anticipate I would have meetings with Derek and Mike regarding lots of issues, players for next season and the normal stuff.”
“Hopefully that will be the case but I am under contract anyway. The situation would be different if I was out of contract, but I’m under contract and while that is the case the most important thing is the football. I’ve not been knocking down doors.”
It illustrates the man’s dedication, that he wants to finish the business first, before he talks about his personal circumstances at the club and also the transfer plans for the summer, which of course also become very important.
But there’s little doubt Chris deserves a good contract for say a couple of years.
Chris is still unproven in the Premiership, but if he does well next season that contract can be quickly extended and even improved further.
That’s just exactly what we are hoping will happen, once we get into next season.