The People is reporting today that Chris Hughton is still fighting for his job at Newcastle, despite the sides’s excellent 2-1 win at bottom of the table West Ham United yesterday.
Chris Hughton – still under pressure?
We know that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is yet to start negotiations on a new contract for Chris, whose current contract runs out next summer, and Mike wants to be sure Chris is the right man for the job, and that he can manage a side successfully in the top flight of English football.
The People report – by Alan Oliver – the former Evening Chronicle reporter – says that it is the terrible results at St James’ Park against fellow relegation candidates such as Blackpool, Stoke and Wigan that have upset the Newcastle hierarchy.
We’re also sure that they would like to see the home crowds back to over 50,000, and that hasn’t happened yet, and will not happen if Newcastle keep their worst displays for home soil.
It probably doesn’t help Chris that some top experienced managers such as as Martin O’Neill and Alan Curbishley are available in the wings, and both would jump at the chance to manage the Newcastle club in the Premier League.
But the reasons given by the People for Ashley firing Chris Hughton, are a little weak at best, and it’s probably just a follow-on report from the Daily Mail report last Monday that said Chris would have been fired if Newcastle had lost their game against Wigan last Saturday.
But there does seem to be some concern on the part of Mike Ashley whether Chris is the right man for the job, so it’s now up to the players in our next couple of games, both at home, against Chelsea in the Carling Cup on Wednesday and against local rivals Sunderland next Sunday, and two wins in those games will significantly lessen any pressure on Hughton.
The club last week completely denied there is any pressure on Chris Hughton as far as his job is concerned.