Chris Hughton is a very experienced coach, having spent the last 17 years in the coaching profession.
Chris Hughton - cool and calm manager
Chris joined the coaching ranks at Tottenham, back in 1993 and was there until he was fired, along with then manager Martin Jol in October of 2007, after leading Spurs to a poor start to the season, and two days after suffering a defeat at the hands of Sam Allardyce’s Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.
During that time Chris was also an assistant coach to the Ireland team from 2003-2005, and in his coaching career has served under many notable managers, and has time in the job.
And that experience is paying off big time at Newcastle, since he took over the managerial role in July of last year - initially on a temporary basis.
Former Newcastle great Les Ferdinand has come out today and insisted that it is now time to fully recognize Chris Hughton’s role in turning the Tyneside club around.
This is what Les told the Mirror today:
“I worked with Chris at Tottenham and I have always had a lot of respect for him.” “That respect only increased when I saw the way he conducted himself when all hell was breaking loose at Newcastle.”
“He was shoved into the background again when Alan Shearer came in. He had been a No.2 for a long time and people say No.2’s always fail. Well, Chris has broken the mould.” “Chris is cool and calm. He understands football very well. He knows how to treat players.”
“His man-management skills are second to none. He has worked with some very good managers over the years.” “I think he was an unsung hero for a long time but now people are beginning to recognise how good he is as a No.1.”
Chris Hughton took Newcastle to the Championship title last season, in his first season as a full-time manager, and they won the league by 11 points from WBA and were 23 points above 3rd placed Nottingham Forest. Chris had a superior record to when the Magpies were last promoted into the Premier League under Newcastle legend, Kevin Keegan, back in 1993.
And the Newcastle side has again made a good start to this season with 7 points from their first 5 league games, and they are also through to the 4th round of the Carling Cup, when they will meet Arsenal at St. James’ Park.
Chris Hughton certainly has Newcastle looking up again, and hopefully returning to their former greatness over the next few seasons.
But a win today against Stoke City at home, is what is needed to keep the feel-good factor alive and well on Tyneside.