Chris Hughton is top of the pops – the favorite – to be the first Premier League manager to be relieved of his duties when the season kicks off tomorrow.
Chris Hughton – huge task ahead
And now that Martin O’Neill is back looking for a job, having just resigned from Aston Villa, Hughton will need to understand there will be increased speculation about his role at Newcastle, if – and only if – the team starts poorly.
But positive and achievement oriented people like Chris Hughton, don’t dwell on the maybes, the ifs and buts and negatives of life – they leave that to others.
Chris talked today about the speculation that comes with any manager’s job, and particularly so with the Newcastle United manager position:
“It’s something that you expect. There is only one important thing and that is trying to do the best that you can,”
“If I am able to do a very good job then the talk and speculation and rumours will be dampened, as always.
“That comes with the job, it comes with the territory of being the manager of a big, high-profile club like Newcastle United. Personally, I will ignore it.”
It seems like O’Neill didn’t emerge from his resignation from Aston Villa smelling of roses, and there’s a few things we don’t particularly like with the way Martin carries out his management duties.
He seems to pick the same team every week, and ignores some of his players almost completely, and Nicky Shorey and former Newcastle full-back Habib Beye will attest to that – since they played very little at Villa Park last season.
And if Martin was upset with Villa’s American owner Randy Lerner for not coming up with enough transfer money, why would he be interested at all in taking over at Newcastle, where it is an open secret that owner Mike Ashley wants to balance the books on Tyneside.
As we said earlier – speculation will only happen if the lads get off to a bad start – and we are hoping that will just not be the case.