There are legitimate cries from very reasonable people, calling on Mike Ashley to give Chris Hughton the much improved contract he has thoroughly deserved over the last 16 months.
Chris Hughton – thoroughly deserved a new much improved contract
After a couple of weeks on constant media attention surrounding Chris’ job on Tyneside, Chris put together a match plan that just decimated Sunderland and it was a championship fight it would have been stopped at half time.
We don’t need to go on about the fantastic impact Chris has had on the club and the players, who seem to bend over backwards to say what a great man and a great manager Chris is behind the scenes.
Even Ben Arfa has come out in praise of a man he says he trusts absolutely.
And we are seeing just one or two reports suggesting that Chris may be fed up with not getting a good contract on Tyneside, and that now would be a terrific time for him to leave Newcastle because he would be inundated with offers as either as a manager or the much less hostile position as coach.
The wages he would be offered would be more than he’s getting on Tyneside, and maybe more than Newcastle will finally offer him.
But Chris will not do that, it’s not in the man’s DNA, because he is just too good a man and too loyal to the Newcastle club to do anything of the sort – that’s one of the things that makes him so good!
Don’t forget this man was at the club when Kevin was manager and oversaw all the comings and goings at the club with Joe Kinnear during the relegation season, and was replaced with Alan Shearer.
But he didn’t leave then and he will not leave now.
And no, we don’t think Mike Ashley will offer Chris a new contract until the end of the year, and will hope the players will now do that little bit extra, as far as our results go, to ensure Newcastle are fairly safe from relegation, even as early as next January.
Yes, we think Chris will be offered a new contract before January, and yes we think it will eb a good one and certainly the best contract he wi has ever received in his football coaching career.
We are just hoping that in a year or so he gets an even bigger and better deal, because of the way he has taken Newcastle back to the big time, and into Europe again. Yes, that’s a dream, but it could also be a very good bet to put on Chris right now.
As we’ve said before, maybe Chris Hughton is the new Bob Paisley, who was a coach and physiotherapist behind the scenes at Liverpool for 20 years, before finally taking over from Bill Shankly as Liverpool manager in 1974.
Paisley led that famous Liverpool team for nine seasons, winning at least one trophy in eight of those seasons and initially disappointed to finish only second in his first season as manager, the team went one better the following year, winning the title, and it got even better after that.
Paisley remains the only man in history to coach three European Cup-winning sides (1977, 1978 and 1981), and his success was honored with six Manager of the Year awards.
When we issued that report earlier in the year – we were laughed at and criticized immensely – and there’s a danger it will happen again.
Don’t get us wrong, we are not saying Hughton will emulate Paisley, but what we are saying is that a man who’s always been in the shadows can prove that when he’s finally made manager, he can be a lot lot better at it than even he expected. He’s already done so much better than we ever thought he could do at Newcastle.
That’s what really happened with Bob Paisley at Liverpool, and he turned out to be one of the greatest man managers of all time, and had a better record than the legendary Bill Shankly.
We are not saying Chris will become that, let’s again be clear about that, but there is ample evidence already that he can take Newcastle further than the 7th place they are in right now, after the first 10 games of the season.
Wouldn’t it be something if he can become the best Newcastle manager for 20 years, because that would mean he will have emulated what the great Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan did at Newcastle, and that wasn’t too bad.