Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has spoken of the honor it is to receive the League Manager’s Association (LMA) Championship Manager of the Year award.
Chris Houghton – honored to receive the LMA award
The 51-year-old rookie manager guided Newcastle United straight back to the Premier League at the first attempt, after taking over a disjointed and spiritless set of players last July 1st, when most journalists were suggesting Newcastle would be relegated to League One.
Hughton has praised his staff for helping him get the job done last season, and this is what he told Newcastle’s official web-site today:
“I am honored to be recognised by the LMA and I accept the award on behalf of everyone at the football club,””But with this being a managerial prize I think special mention should go to the staff.”
“Colin Calderwood and Paul Barron have offered me tremendous support throughout the year. We are a managerial team and this award is for them as much as it is for me.”
“Coupled with that we have a terrific backroom team who also deserve special mention.” “From the minute we came together as a group last summer, there has been a bond between everyone which has got us to where we are now.”
“Awards such as this recognise that team effort and I’m delighted to take this honor.”
As usual Chris has taken advantage of his award to praise his staff, and it a Hughton habit to deflect praise to others.
That leads to great harmony in working relationships and we have all seen how effective that is when everybody at the club is rowing in the same direction.
Well done Chris.