Chris Hughton has said today he is very happy at Newcastle, and would sign a new contract at the club, if it was offered to him.
Chris Hughton – can take Newcastle further than they are right now
Chris’ contract runs out next summer, along with that of his able Scottish assistant Colin Calderwood, and no action has yet been taken by owner Mike Ashley to offer Chris and Colin new contracts.
We’ve been surprised at how well Chris has done at Newcastle, since he effectively became manager a short 15 months ago, and he has put Newcastle on the right track, and given the club much needed stability.
And it seems the next step is to solidify Newcastle’s place in the Premier League this season.
Chris seems an easy person to work with, and since coming to Newcastle he seems to have embraced Mike Ashley’s policy of building the club from within, by concentrating on Youth and bringing the youngsters through on Tyneside.
Indeed it’s been a long time since Newcastle have been able to field a second eleven in the Carling Cup and get through a couple of rounds, by winning games at Accrington Stanley and Chelsea this season.
We’re even starting to look a little like Arsenal – just a little – but don’t worry, we’re not getting carried away.
Hughton is very willing to discuss a contract extension at the Tyneside club, and he feels he can take Newcastle further than they are today, and so do we, and in 12 months time Newcastle will be a lot more solid and a better side than they are at the moment.
And Chris says it’s not an issue for him that he hasn’t yet agreed a contract extension at Newcastle, as he told Sky Sports News today:
“I have always said that I am very happy here at Newcastle,” “I have been here for two-and-a-half years and it’s a place that I have always felt very comfortable. For me, though, that’s not an issue.”
“The most important thing is that we start the season well. We have had our ups and downs, we are on the back of a couple of defeats, and we need to get back to winning ways as quick as we can.”
Maybe a couple of successive wins will convince Mike Ashley that indeed Chris is the man to take Newcastle forward for the next few seasons.
We have a suspicion Mike wants to see how well Chris does back in the Premier League, since his performance as caretaker manager in our relegation season was not too good.
While we were hardly exhilarated that he was given the job 15 months ago, he has done a tremendous job at the Tyneside club since then, and we’re becoming convinced he can take the club a lot further from where we are today.
What do you think about this?