There’s a great piece in the Daily Mail today by Kenny Dalglish about Chris Hughton and the Newcastle club, and it’s very complimentary to Newcastle, so have a read of it before today’s massive game with Sunderland.
Chris Hughton – important to bring good new man in
And it suggests that the Newcastle Board may have unwillingly invited the criticism of Chris Hughton by not offering him a contract now, but we don’t think that will change, and surely this should give our players and Chris himself, some time to get those points on the board.
And Chris has come out again today, and said how honored he is to work at the Newcastle club:
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time I’ve been here and had a good relationship with the staff and the fans.” “It’s a magnificent club to work for and I’m very honoured to be manager.”
“It was a blow when Colin went. I am doing a lot of work behind the scenes.” “I don’t expect it to take too long. It will be very much my decision. The strong likelihood is that it will be an external appointment.’’
Chris has said that Steve Clarke didn’t want to come to Newcastle as assistant manager because Steve is looking for a full manager position somewhere.
That’s the same reason Jose Mourinho gave Bobby Robson for not joining the club in 1999, and of course Jose went on to manage Porto and win the European Champions League and then joined Chelsea, Inter Milan and he’s now at Real Madrid, and in the future will manage Manchester United – in all likelihood.
It’s important that Chris get somebody in that he can work with, and will buy into the strategy already set out at Newcastle, and seeming to work quite well.
The new assistant, whoever he is, will help Chris to continue to build the Newcastle team, which we think he’s done a great job at over the last 16 months.
To bring the club to mid-place in the Premier League from where we were in July of last year – on our knees – is just amazing – and he’s bring criticized for it?