Hughton Says Neither Kerr Nor Sheedy Coming To Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far


    Nov 6, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Well Ed, this is turning into a story of how many people can they ask who turn them down before they find someone to do the job?

    The solution is staring them in the face!

    Offer the position to Peter Beardsly! He,s working miracles with the youth so why not?

  • jim

    Nov 6, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, Peter Beardsley is the man-i wanted him as first team manager years ago-but im not sure about his badges for that-i think he has them-my thoughts are-Peter deserves the number 2 spot- to one day take over as our main man-when Chris returns to his native London-One Peter Beardsley! Theres only one Peter Beardsley!

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 6, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Come in Beardo !!

  • wynsleap

    Nov 6, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Much as we’d all love to earn a quarter of a million quid a year it’s quite an insulting wage for a manager of a Premiership football club.
    Only by paying Chris what he is really worth will we get in a decent calibre of No. 2 as I’m sure they’ll have to pay whoever it is a considerable amount more than Chris is getting at present.
    It’s time the Controller started to treat this club professionally and with some dignity.
    I’m sure, however, we’ll be waiting a long time for that to happen.

  • CAToon

    Nov 6, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m going to throw a name out that is a good choice: Gareth Southgate. Proved himself at MidBoro. He’s a pundit now, so I don’t know if he’d be interested.

  • Sav

    Nov 7, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #6

    I think its Houghton’s choice. That’s as it should be.

  • silvervrs

    Nov 10, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Beardo or Shearer (deserves a second chance – didn’t really get the opportunity to put his own stamp on the team last time).

    Only problem i see using such toon legends is that their influence on the team could somewhat undermine Hoots. A dream if they can always and consistantly sing from the same hymm sheet but nothing always go 100% according to plan.

    To think Fat Sam was paid more than 10 times that of Hoots is absolute criminal!!!!


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