After Chris Hughton orchestrated one of the best wins Newcastle have ever had against Sunderland, hopefully he will now be able to appoint a new assistant manager before the next game at Arsenal next Sunday.
A smart Chris Hughton on the touch-line this afternoon
But if you read between the lines as to what is happening, it seems like Ashley and Llambias would like Chris to appoint his assistant from those coaches already at the club, and while promoting from within is good, we cannot help but think that is so they don’t have to pay out a big wage to the new man.
Maybe we are being a bit cynical there, but if Chris Hughton is going to be judged on results, which he is and every manager is, he must at least be able to bring in the assistant he wants – whoever that may be.
And the Newcastle boss also says he will not be rushed into naming his assistant, and he is adamant that the decision will be solely his.
This is what Chris said today about the assistant manager position:
“At this moment, it is my decision on who comes in as my number two, and all I am doing is just making sure I do the correct homework I need to do,”
“It is one that I wanted to bring in as soon as possible, but I need to make sure I bring in the right person. That will be my decision.”
“At this moment it is my decision” – suggests it may not be his later on – but we hope we’re making too much of this.
Some of the coaches who have been mentioned recently as potential assistants include Clive Allen of Tottenham and Brian Kerr, who is currently managing the Faroe Islands, for whom our own 19 year-old Jóan Edmundsson plays.
Either of these two men would be good choices, and both have worked with Chris in the past, with Brian being the Ireland manager from 2003-2005, after Mick McCarthy resigned.
Apparently Steve Clarke was interviewed for the position last week, but the news is that Newcastle failed to agree terms with Steve, although Chris has since said that Clarke wanted to hold out for a full manager position somewhere else.
Chris should have time to wrap up the appointment before we visit the Emirates next Sunday, and there are rumors that Chris’ own uncertain position at Newcastle is not helping with the appointment, but surely the 5-1 thrashing of Sunderland today will help with that one.