Former Newcastle left winger David Ginola has revealed today that not only is he a big fan of Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, but he is also a close friend of the former Tottenham coach.
David Ginola – big fan and friend of Chris Hughton
David has given an interview to the Evening Chronicle today and said:
“Chris is a close friend of mine, and I was pleased for him when Newcastle won the title, but everybody should be able to see what a fantastic job he’s done.”
“It has proved that you don’t always need a big name to achieve something.” “If you have somebody who is devoted to the job, it can be equally rewarding.”
The main thing we have noticed about Chris, since he took over at Newcastle last July, is how committed he is and what a hard and relentless worler he is.
His preparations for each game, helped of course by his able assistant Colin Calderwood, did a lot to get us so many points last season, and he leaves no stone unturned in his quest to make Newcastle great again.
Can you imagine what it would be like if Chris can get Newcastle back to a top six team? Fantastic – if still a little unlikely!.
The former France star continued:
“Chris is such a committed worker and that’s what I remember of him at Tottenham.” “He’s also a great person and a true gentleman.”
“He’s given everything to Newcastle when he could have walked away, and he delivered what everybody wanted – Premier League football.”
Ginola went to Tottenham for 3 seasons when he left Newcastle in 1997 having played 58 times for the Magpies with 6 goals, and it was in London that he got to know Chris, who was a coah at Spurs at that time.
Now Ginola – like a lot of the rest of us – would like to see some continued stability on Tyneside.
Chris was magnificent last season in getting the players right behind him, and keeping Newcastle out of the headlines for all the wrong reasons, and the way he handled the Carroll – Taylor punch-up was good to see.
Gossip journalists even got frustrated because they could not make a much bigger deal of that event, because the Newcastle players circled the wagons immediately. Things have changed at the Newcastle club – that’s for sure.
Ginola, who is still very popular on Tyneside, will visit Newcastle tomorrow to meet and greet fans – and he continued:
“I think we would all like to see some sort of familiarity and some sort of stability.”
“Chris now deserves a few years in the job with no change.” “There’s no point in changing now – I think he has been a credit to the club.”
“I would be delighted to see him get a new contract – he really deserves it.” “There can still be brighter days ahead.”
Good words from David, and we’ve heard nothing about nay new contract for Chris – nothing at all.
He has one season left on his initial contract – which was said to be worth just £250K/year – but surely he is due a healthy wage increase.
Chris has earned it – so give him the money Mike.