Newcastle manager Chris Hughton says he still has to make a final decision on who will be his new assistant at the club.
Chris Hughton – still undecided on new assistant
Chris’ assistant Colin Calderwood returned to management with Scottish Premier League side Hibernian last Monday, after he has already managed English clubs Northampton Town and Nottingham Forest to success in his coaching career.
There are a number of targets Hughton has already been linked with, and the favorite seems to be former Magpies, Chelsea and West Ham coach Steve Clarke, but apparently no final decision has yet been made.
Chris said today:
“It’s something I have wanted to take some time over. I don’t expect to take too long over it, but I haven’t named one yet.” “I have a few in mind, but certainly no decisions have been made yet.”
Chris was then asked specifically about the Steve Clarke news, and that it was already a done deal – but maybe not – as Chris continued:
“Probably the reason it has been mentioned is because he is a very, very good coach who is available and he has a history at this club.”"But he is one of a few very good coaches who I would have thought about, but I categorically haven’t made any decisions yet.” ”I have given myself that little bit of time to make what I feel will be the best decision.”
The other top possibility is that Chris can persuade John Carver to leave his current position as assistant manager at Sheffield United with former Newcastle star Gary Speed, and John would certainly be a popular choice with Newcastle fans, after he was a very able assistant to the great Bobby Robson, a few years back.
And Hughton’s former colleague at Tottenham, Clive Allen, is also said to be in the reckoning, but it’s debatable whether the 49 year-old Stepney-born coach would leave the north London club, to come up to the north-east.
Steve Stone was helping Chris Hughton out on Saturday in the great 2-1 away win at West Ham, and Steve could also be a possibility, as the club have made a point of promoting from within the club recently.