Newcastle have released a statement tonight to quell speculation in the press that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is under pressure for his job, and they have said it is the club’s intention to renegotiate a contract for Chris at the end of this year.
Chris Hughton – Newcastle job is safe – good!
Some bookmakers today suspended betting on Chris Hughton leaving the Tyneside club, with contract negotiations still in progress, and possibly being delayed until early next year.
However, the club released a statement after tonight’s 4-0 Carling Cup defeat by Arsenal, confirming that their plan is to retain his services.
This is the statement released tonight by the Newcastle United club:
“Chris is our manager and will remain our manager, and it is our intention to re-negotiate his contract at the end of the year.”
The rumors were initiated by the Daily Mail a week last Monday, but since then Newcastle had a terrific win at West Ham and put in another brave performance tonight.
The score ended up 4-0, but that was hardly representative of the entertaining game tonight, when Newcastle essentially fielded their second eleven, but it’s also true Arsenal won the game because of their sheer class.
Newcastle are nowhere near Arsenal yet, but Chris has managed to instill a work ethic and spirit at the club, which has never been seen since the great Bobby Robson was in charge.
And as we said tonight in our match report – we were again proud of the lads tonight – because they gave their all – and that’s all we can ever ask for.
It was another terrific game, with both sides playing attacking football to win the game, and with more displays like this – even in defeat – Newcastle could well see themselves on TV a lot more as the season progresses.
We’re very pleased the Newcastle club have released this statement tonight.