We were surprised to see there is a story in the Daily Mail today saying that if Coloccini hadn’t scored that last minute equalizer on Saturday then Chris Hughton could have been sacked as Newcastle manager.
Chris Hughton – sack rumors – surely not
That would have been very harsh if it had happened but there are definite signs that Mike Ashley will not give Chris a new contract at the club until he has proven he can manage Newcastle successfully in the Premier League.
Indeed there have been some great performances this season from Newcastle, but the team is up and down like a yo-yo, and you never know whether Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are going to turn up at any one time.
Although Dr. Jekyll has turned up far too many times at St. James’ Park this season with just 4 points from 4 games.
But this story will at least let our players know that Ashley and the powers that be at the club, will not stand idly by if the Newcastle side are engulfed in another relegation battle this season, because the very last thing the club needs now is to be relegated for the second time in three seasons.
And with Chris in charge we’ve had some stability at Newcastle at last, so Chris has to be given time to succeed in the Premier League – surely.
There would be no way Ashley would bail out the club again in the region of £30M, like he did last season, to keep the club afloat, because of the greatly reduced revenues in England’s second division.
What we hope is that the players all see that Chris’ job may be in some danger, and of course it hasn’t helped that Colin Calderwood has left to manage Hibs in Scotland today.
We hope the players will rally behind Chris, cut out the stupid mistakes at the back, and get the club a win at West Ham this coming Saturday.