Chris Hughton has still to replace Assistant Manager Colin Calderwood, and today he has said that neither Brian Kerr or Kevin Sheedy will be coming to Newcastle.
Brian Kerr – not coming to Newcastle
Colin went to manage Hibernian on Monday, 18th October, so it’s coming up to three weeks since Chris has been on his own at Newcastle, and assistant coach Steve Stone has been helping Chris until he brings in a new assistant.
But we have to think that Chris’ own uncertain position at the club is impacting his efforts to bring in a new assistant at Newcastle.
But more of that later, here is what Chris said today about the assistant manager position:
“There’s no truth to the speculation that Brian Kerr will be coming to the club as my assistant,” “Brian, at this moment, is manager of the Faroe Islands and doing a very good job, as he always does, so he won’t be coming in”
“I hear Kevin Sheedy’s name has also been mentioned but again, there’s no truth in that.” “Filling the position that Colin Calderwood left is still a work in progress. It’s obviously work that we have to do behind the scenes at the moment.”
“Do I need to bring someone in to fill that role? Yes. Irrespective of last week, a club of this stature needs to have a number two, there is a lot of responsibility on the manager.” “An assistant has a number of specific roles that he carries out, which is why I’m looking for a replacement for Colin.”
“I’ve lost a very good man in Colin, not only as a friend, but as a coach too. There are, of course, names that I very much have in mind, but like I say, finding a replacement is still a work in progress.”
Chris is only on £250K/year or thereabouts at Newcastle, and when he gets his new contract that wage will at the very least double, if not a lot more, given that Kevin Keegan and Sam Allardyce were both on £3M/year fairly recently.
So a very good question is how much are Newcastle offering, right now, for the assistant manager position?
The answer to that is probably not too much, and we have to think that the new Assistant, whoever he is, will want to renegotiate his contract once Chris gets his new contract before the end of the year.
That’s one reason why Newcastle may bring the new contract negotiations forward for Hughton, because surely they’ll have to pay bigger wages to the manager and his assistant, now that we’re in the Premier League, and dare we say it – doing fairly well.
So Chris’ position cannot be helping his recruitment of a new assistant, that’s for sure, but Hughton cannot go on too much longer without some experienced help, even though he’s won the two league games since Colin left to manage the Edinburgh club.
The sooner the better for Chris to get in a good new assistant at Newcastle.