As most Newcastle fans will agree, Chris Hughton has done wonders over the last 12 months at Newcastle United.
Chris Hughton – will appoint new coach within two weeks
He not only rekindled the fantastic team spirit that now exists at Newcastle, but he brought the Magpies straight back to the PL, with a massive 102 points to win the CC Championship at their very first attempt.
Chris still has to replace the departing Newcastle reserve-team manager, Alan Thompson, in the next couple of weeks, but it seems there will be no other additions to his coaching staff , which is a little surprising.
Hughton is currently assisted by the experienced Assistant Manager Colin Calderwood, and also by goalkeeping coach Paul Barron, and the three of them worked famously last season to win great success for the Tyneside club.
But Chris seems quite comfortable working with a small group of coaches and we’re sure if he wanted more he could go out and get them.
“I am quite happy working with a smaller group of coaches.” “If I look at what we had last season, everyone works in different ways.”
“Some other clubs in the Premier League probably have a lot bigger coaching staff, but I like the way we work and it works for me.” “I like to be on the training ground every day working with the players anyway.”
“That is what I enjoy doing and it has worked for us.”
Chris does expect to sign a new coach before pre-season starts in just two weeks time, and Martin Scott, formerly of Middlesbrough has applied for the job.
But Steve Stone seems another possibility and may even be a probability and the favorite.
The former Nottingham Forest and England winger Stone impressed last season by managing the Newcastle Under-15s side to victory in the prestigious youth tournament – The Nike Cup – and the lads beat Chelsea on penalties in the final.
“It is up to us to make a decision and it is a very important decision.”
“That role is an important one because we have a good development group and we want them to come through and play a part in the first team as soon as possible.”
Former Newcastle assistant manager to Sir Bobby Robson, John Carver, is also a possibility for the job, but probably a long shot right now.
And Chris is right that the coaches who bring on the tremendous young talent at Newcastle is a very important role at the club these days, and we need a good coach to do just that.
Who do you think should get the job?
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