Former Newcastle player Warren Barton is a pundit for Fox Soccer Channel over here in the USA.
Warren Barton – says Hughton holding out for better offer from Newcastle
And Warren was on the Soccer Sunday Show yesterday afternoon our time, when they review all the Premier League games that have been completed so far, and of course Warren couldn’t wait to report on the Newcastle 5-1 hammering of Sunderland.
Warren was talking about the game and he said openly that he was having big trouble not smiling, as he reviewed the game, and he explained how things would be jumping in the City and in the Bigg Market in particular.
Warren also praised Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, whom he said had always been a top coach, but was now showing he could also become a great manager on Tyneside.
Barton said he had recently talked to Chris, and that the Newcastle manager said he had been offered a new contract on Tyneside by Mike Ashley, but he had turned it down, because he didn’t think it was enough compensation.
We have no idea what the offer was, but Chris is currently on about £250K/year at Newcastle, and he has to be one of the worst paid managers in the Premier League at the moment.
And we have to think Chris is getting advice from the League Manager’s Association (LMA), and seems to be willing to hold out for a better deal. The LMA will know just how much other managers are getting at their Premier League clubs, and that will help Chris.
Warren Barton also said that it showed Chris has enough confidence in himself and his own ability, to wait for a better Newcastle offer, and of course Newcastle’s famous result yesterday will help his case immensely.
And indeed we have to hope the Newcastle players get some good results for their manager before the end of the year, because that will help with a couple of things – it will ensure Chris Hughton stays on at Newcastle and the club maintains its recently found stability, and then it will also give Chris a decent contract on Tyneside – which he surely deserves.
Remember that Sam Allardyce and Kevin Keegan were both on £3M/year recently, and Chris Hughton has actually earned a good contract on Tyneside, and it cannot be long before Mike Ashley discovers he may have found a jewel in Chris Hughton.