Chris Hughton has an excellent record on Tyneside since he became manager of Newcastle United a short 16 months ago.
Chris Hughton – deserves a new and much improved contract
Just for the record last season in the Championship Newcastle played 46 games, won 30, drew 12 and lost 4, and scored 90 goals and conceded 35.
And in the Cup games last season Newcastle played 5 games, won 2, drew 1 and lost 2 – so at the start of the season Chris Hughton’s overall record on Tyneside was P 51 W 32 D 13 L 6.
But yes, that was easy, because it was in the second division of English football so let’s fast forward to this season.
So far Newcastle have played 10 games in the Premier league won 4, drew 2 and lost 4, and in 3 Carling Cup games we’ve won 2 and lost 1 – so for this season, Chris’ record is P 13 W 6 D 2 L 5.
Overall in management at Newcastle, Chris’ record from last season and this is – P 64 W 38 D 15 L 11 – so that’s a win average of 59.4% and a loss average of just 17.2%
If any fan had been told when Chris took over in July of 2009, that Newcastle would be in 7th place in the Premier League, two places off a Europa Cup position in a short 16 months, we would have all taken it and said that it was a ridiculous proposition.
But here we are after 10 games in the Premier League, and we have a decent 14 points, and there’s even a case to be made that Newcastle haven’t got the points they deserved from their league performances. Games at home to Blackpool and away games at Man City and Wolves could have got us more than the single point we got from those games.
And Chris Hughton this season has had Newcastle play in 3 games that will go down in history as three of Newcastle’s all time greatest results.
The 6-0 win at home to Aston Villa in August is one of Newcastle biggest ever wins in the Premier League, and as we all know yesterday’s 5-1 ha,me,mring of Sunderland is eclipsed only by two 6-1 wins in 1955 and 1920.
And as testament to Newcastle’s improving squad strength, the 4-3 victory at Stamford Bridge by our second eleven, made up of fringe players and youngsters, was as exciting a game as you could ever wish to see, with that man Shola Ameobi scoring the winner in the 90th minute.
We really have no idea whether Mike Ashley will finally step up to the plate and give Chris Hughton a new contract offer, that is befitting of managing a top club in the Premier League, and that Chris will gladly accept.
But whatever Chris Hughton does from now on – he’s a Newcastle hero and will firmly be part of Newcastle folklore – whether he likes it or not, and whether he knows it or not.