Chris Hughton is not the type of character who needs or even wants praise for the job he does at the Newcastle club.
Chris Hughton – one year left on his contract
But if a big name manager had been put in charge of Newcastle on July 1st last year, and he had achieved what Chris has achieved over the last 12 months, then his name would be in big headlines, proclaiming what a great manager he was.
Chris has had some compliments no doubt, for the terrific job he has done and is doing on Tyneside, but the personality of the man seems to be to shy away from both compliments and controversy.
As it turns out that seems to be what the Newcastle United club have needed over the last season, and the club is back in reasonable shape, with a more than decent chance to survive in the Premier League next season.
Certainly Newcastle star left-back Jose Enríque is hoping that Chris Hughton is given enough time and backing to get the club back to some success, and he said today:
“Chris did a very job last year. It was the first opportunity for him to take charge of a team and I thought he did it very well.”
“He did very good work to get us back to the Premier League.” “The players are all very happy with him and he is the best manager I have had during my time with Newcastle.”
“I have been here for three years and I definitely think it is better for us if he stays.”
Maybe there is a little concern building in the Newcastle camp, that Chris still only has one year left on his contract.
It could be that Mike Ashley will wait to see how Chris does in the first few months back in the Premier League, before offering him an extended contract – but who knows what Mike thinks – he never says anything about anything.
When Chris was in charge of the side for two periods in our tragic relegation season, he didn’t fare too well, and Mike may want to see if things have changed.
We think they have changed, and changed significantly, and expect to see a fighting Newcastle United next season, and hope we can pick up ample points to avoid the drop, although just like last season, it will not be easy.
Let’s know what you think – comments always welcome.