Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has one year left on his current contract, and has still to sign a new contract at Newcastle.
Chris Hughton – still to sing new deal at Newcastle
That’s after getting the Tyneside club automatically promoted by a staggering 23 points, in his very first season as manager, and that’s no mean feat and was little short of a miracle.
Hughton right now is one of the lowest paid managers in the Premier League, and gets around £250K a year, way below what his players at the Tyneside club are receiving, and who seem to just love the well-respected coach.
Hughton has only 12 months left on the deal he signed with Colin Calderwood last October, and immediately followed that signing with a 7 game winning streak for the Newcastle club, which set them on the road to promotion back to the Premiership.
But the good news for Chris is that he has at least been given some money to improve the squad this summer, as was seen by the £3M signing of James Perch from Nottingham Forest, and James had his wages quadrupled by Newcastle.
That would seem to put to rest the fact that Newcastle are not paying out the necessary wages to attract top players – but they will never again pay silly money, like they’ve done in the past.
And there have been several bids for players reported this past week, with the most recent one being a £5M bid for 24 year-old Yannick Djalo of Sporting Lisbon, which was turned down.
So we still wait to see if and when Newcastle owner Mike Ashley rewards the man who should be taking most of the credit for orchestrating Newcastle’s unbelievable promotion season, that incidentally saved the Newcastle owner around £100M.
We think Chris will be duly rewarded this summer, and it says a lot about the man, that he never even mentions it, and is completely immersed in his coaching duties this week in Dublin, Ireland, and in strengthening the Magpies squad for their return to England’s top flight.
The man is a credit to himself and a credit to the Newcastle United club – few Newcastle fans would deny that.