We were pleased that the Newcastle club issued their statement after the game yesterday, once the TV commentator at the start of the game had said some betting companies had closed their books on Chris Hughton being replaced as Newcastle manager.
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That just about would have made the story today, that Chris was about to be replaced, so it was fitting and right for the club to come out with the statement. The news is still about Chris of course – but the tilt of the stories has changed to be more positive.
Most pundits, and certainly the Newcastle fans, can see just how much Chris has improved things at the Newcastle club since he took over, and when was the last time Newcastle could field two good sides with completely different personnel?
Newcastle have been able to field a largely second eleven in the Carling Cup this season, and have done very well, and even last night the lads played with guts and spirit, with 18 year-old Haris Vuckic looking to be a big player for Newcastle in the future.
The Slovenian looked class in central midfield, and he’s already a powerful force on the field, and his display last night would have impressed many.
This is the statement released last night 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.”
That’s a good statement because it doesn’t overly praise him, so that it would not be taken as the kiss of death, as some club statement have proved to be, when they come out in support of their manager.
And it says his contract will be negotiated at the end of this year, so that in itself is an incentive for Chris and the Newcastle players to get the team into a safe position in the league by then, and we may even be able to avoid a relegation struggle – maybe.
Newcastle have changed managers far too often in the past, and it has done us no good at all, and keeping Chris at the helm for say another three years or so, will allow him the time to keep building the club – brick by brick – to use captain Kevin Nolan’s words of yesterday.
We think that’s a good direction for the club to take.