We’re delighted that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was last night honored by Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign.
Chris Hughton – wins yet another award last night
Chris won the award for his exceptional achievements as Newcastle United manager this last season, his first ever season as a manager, and it would be hard for anybody to have done better than Chris did, with 30 wins and only 4 defeats in the 46 league games.
Let’s cut to the chase – Chris was magnificent for Newcastle United last season, and we were surprised to learn that Chris is the only black manager in any of the four English divisions, which seems strange.
The official Newcastle site is reporting that Hughton was joined by Garth Crooks, Sol Campbell and Ian Wright at Paramount in London last night, where he was presented with a special trophy by Kick It Out chairman and founder, Lord Herman Ouseley.
Lord Ouseley said:
“Chris Hughton is a pioneering figure whose achievements we hope will be recognised for years to come.” ” As the first black manager to achieve such heights, we feel this is worthy of recognition.”
Hughton talked about the trip to WBA by Newcastle on the opening day of the season and said:
“”Apart from one major hiccup (a 6-1 defeat to Leyton Orient), we’d had a good pre-season.”
“When we got to the opening day of the season it was an opportunity for the lads to put something right that had gone wrong the season before, to turn that into a good feeling on the first day.”
“One thing we’ve always tried to have is a good environment at the training ground and that makes it easier.”
Hughton also talked about how winning and success has brought back that feel-good factor to Tyneside, and to the thousands of Newcastle fans spread all over the world.
“As the season’s gone on the feelgood factor has come back, and that goes for everyone involved in the club. When things are going well at the club, it’s a lively and busy place.”
And Chris talked about the lack of black managers in the football game in England – which surely will change and the quicker the better as far as we are concerned.
“We still have an imbalance between those playing and those going into coaching, but it’s important that anyone who gets there is there on merit.”
“If me being the only black manager in the league can be a positive influence on anyone coming through, then great.”
“Going back over the years, you rarely saw black faces in the boardroom. Although there’s been an improvement, there’s still room for more.”
“For me, as someone who played in the 70s and 80s, seeing the racism around on the terraces then, things have improved dramatically, and Kick It Out has played a massive part in this.”
“A lot of this is to do with cultural barriers as well, which are reflected in the changing room.”
We are very proud of Chris Hughton, not only for what he’s doing at Newcastle, but for the fact he’s blazing a trail as one of the first successful black football managers in England.
But we couldn’t couldn’t care less if he’s black, yellow or any other color, because it makes no difference at all to us.
He’s the Newcastle United manager first and foremost – who had a terrific first season in management – and has done a tremendous job for the Newcastle club since last July – and that’s only one of the reasons we are so proud of him.
He’s a credit to himself and the Newcastle United club, and long may he be successful as Newcastle’s manager.