After Newcastle’s unbelievable win on Sunday afternoon, both the players and the Newcastle supporters are now hoping that Mike Ashley will reward Chris Hughton for everything he’s done for the Newcastle United club over the last 16 months.
Chris Hughton – achieved so much in just 16 months
I mean to get Newcastle promote don 102 points from the Championship at the first time of asking was monumental and Chris is now starting to prove that last season was no flop.
Newcastle’s supporters have now been fully convinced that Chris Hughton is indeed the man for the job, and of course Chris cannot help himself when he waxes lyrical about the Newcastle club and the fans, and you just know this man is so genuine.
Shola Ameobi has come out today and talked about his manager, who seems so popular with his players:
“In an ideal world you would like to think he would be given a new contract. All the stuff has been nonsense. As players we’re fully behind him,”
“When you read this stuff, the mind boggles. Chris has done such a good job – we’re all fully behind him.” “Hopefully we can put it to bed and a contract can be sorted out.”
And surely the speculation that has surrounded Chris Hughton for a couple of weeks is just another made up story from the Daily Mail, which caught on.
But we did find out from Warren Barton after the game on Fox Soccer Channel in the US, that Newcastle’s first contract offer to Chris was too low, and he has not signed that one, and seems willing to wait for a decent offer from the club, which we’re sure will be forthcoming before the end of the year.
And by the way over here in the US Shola Ameobi has just been announced as the player of the week on Fox Soccer Channel – which has just been announced as I’m watching the show, and Kevin Nolan also makes the team of the week.
Shola was asked about the speculation surrounding the manager:
“It’s nonsense. From our point of view as players, it’s nonsense,” “We know Chris, we know what has gone on and what he’s had to do and what he wants to do. Now he just needs to be given time to do that.”
“By the fans, the staff here, by the press … you can see the fans are fully behind him.” “He needs to be give time to achieve what he wants to achieve here. As players we’re fully behind him and we showed that here.”
It’s a sign of Chris Hughton’s great coaching skill that he seems to be getting the best out of Shola Ameobi, and Chris has also brought Andy Carroll through big time in the last 16 months.
But it seems obvious that Chris is now successfully making the move from being a top coach, which he’s been for many years, into a top manager, and we’ll know by this summer.
If Newcastle are in the top half of the Premier League by next May, things will look very bright indeed for Newcastle supporters – and the club is so stable these days too.
And who would have thought it would have taken a quiet Londoner, a gentleman, and one of the good guys of football, to rehabilitate Newcastle United?
You just cannot make this stuff up.
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