Former Newcastle manager has come out today in praise of current Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.
Glenn Roeder when Newcastle manager
Roeder told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I think Chris Hughton has done an extraordinary job – 12 months ago nobody could have thought Newcastle would achieve exactly what they have done.”
“Perhaps Chris hasn’t had the amount of plaudits he should have had. He’s done it with the help of senior players, but that’s fine – you can only work with what is around you.”
“And that’s exactly what he’s done. He can be proud of his achievements.”
Hughton won the League Managers’ Association Championship Manager of the Season and on the way to that overall award, actually won four Coca-Cola manager of the month awards too, starting last August when Newcastle won 6 of their first 7 games last season.
“To see him get the Championship manager of the year award from the LMA was fantastic.”
“It’s a prestigious one on the football circuit.” “He’s had recognition from other managers too that know exactly how hard the task was that was in front of him.”
“When you look at Chris’s career, he has worked with an incredible amount of managers – it easily goes over double figures.”
“He’s had to wait for his chance to manage.” “So to take Newcastle up as champions in his first job as a manager is an incredible achievement.”
Hughton in his coaching career has worked with managers Ossie Ardiles, Gerry Francis, Christian Gross, George Graham, Glenn Hoddle, David Pleat, Jacques Santini and Martin Jol and he must have gained tremendous experience from the various ways in which those managers worked.
And certainly his first season as a manager could hardly have been more successful last season, and indeed Chris could also turn out to be an unlikely and successful manager in the Premier League.
We are hoping that will be the case.