Former Newcastle Chairman Freddy Shepherd has come out in support of Chris Hughton today, and has hit back at critics of the Newcastle manager.
Freddy Shepherd – defends Hughton’s record at Newcastle
Freddy was speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show this morning and said:
“I think Chris has done a great job, when you bear in mind the restrictions that he’s had of him and that’s football today.“ “I think Chris has done a great job, when you bear in mind the restrictions that he’s had of him”
“How can people complain about him? He brought them back up last season and I think he’s doing a great job. I don’t know how people can have a go at him, it’s just impossible.”
And of course with the Newcastle Sunderland game on Sunday and local lad Steve Bruce now manager of Sunderland, of all clubs, Freddy reminisces of when Steve turned down the Newcastle job back in September of 2004, when Steve was then manager at Birmingham:
“Brucey’s doing really well at Sunderland as well, I’ll never forgive him for not taking the Newcastle job, I offered it to him once and he couldn’t take it for contractual reasons. He’s a Newcastle boy and if he’d have taken it, who knows what could have happened.”
Indeed Steve Bruce didn’t fair too well at Birmingham because in the 2005-2006 season Birmingham were relegated from the Premier League.
And Graeme Souness had taken over from Bobby Robson in September of 2004, but by the time Birmingham were relegated in May of 2006, Souness had been fired by Shepherd in that February, and Glenn Roeder had taken over as manager, and got Newcastle to 7th place in the Premier League.
But then Glenn was fired by Shepherd the following May and then Sam Allardyce took over and then …… well you know what happened – a real merry go round of managers at Newcastle, and we hope it stops with Chris finally bringing some stability on Tyneside.